Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and the equivalent examinations under ten education boards will begin on February 1 this year.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid disclosed this while addressing at a press briefing in the conference room of the Ministry of Education in the capital Dhaka on Sunday.

A total of 1420,057 students will appear in the exams. Of them, 745,229 students are male and 684,828 female.

Education Secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and Chairman of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Dhaka Professor Fahima Khatun, among others, were present on the occasion.

The SSC examinations will be held under creative question papers except Bangla second paper, English first paper, English second paper and mathematics, said the minister adding the system was introduced in 2010 for a qualitative improvement of education.

He also said extra 20 minutes times were given for students with disabilities in the SSC and the equivalent examinations this year to encourage them for continuing their studies.

A total of 1052,969 students will participate in the SSC examination under eight general education boards. Of the students, 520,151 candidates are male and 5,32,818 female.

As many as 275,930 students will appear in the Dhakhil examinations while 91,158 students participate in the SSC (vocation) examination.

The minister said the number of the student increased by 105,055 this year compared to last year.

As many as 13, 15,002 students appeared in the SSC and equivalent examinations in 2011. Of them, 678,293 students were male and 6,36,709 female.

BBN/SSR/AD-29Jan12-10:58 pm (BST)