Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations of 2019 began under ten education boards across the country on Saturday morning.
The exams began at 10:00am at 3,497 centres.
“A total of 2,135,333 students from 28,682 educational institutions will take the exams. Of them 1,070,441 students are male and 1,064,892 female,” Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said this while addressing a press briefing on Thursday.
She said 1,700,102 students will participate in the SSC examination under eight general education boards. Of the students, 822,661 candidates are male and 877,441 female.
Some 310,172 students will take the Dakhil examinations while 125,059 students will participate in the SSC (vocational) examination.
The number of examinees rose by more than 1.03 lakh from last year.
The written tests will end on February 26, while the practical tests would be held from February 27 to March 14.
A total of 434 students will take the exams from eight overseas centres.
Meanwhile, minister Dipu Moni insisted that there would be no incident of question paper leak during the public exams this time.
The coaching centres across the country have been asked to remain closed from January 27 till February 27 to avoid any incident of question leakage.