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SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015



Jyoistha 17, 1421, Sha’ban 12, 1436



Regd No DA 6238, Vol 3, No 49


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SSC success rate drops by 4.3% Prime minister blames non-stop blockade and strikes for low pass rate this year n Abu Bakar Siddique With a lower pass rate compared to the previous year, the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations of 2015 saw a total of 87.04% of examinees come through successfully. The success rate has dropped 4.30% from 91.34% of last year. The total number of highest Grade Point Average (GPA 5) also declined with 111,901 examinees securing GPA 5 this year. The number was 142,276 in 2014. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and the chairpersons of the education boards handed over the result to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Gonobhaban at 10am yesterday. Sheikh Hasina blamed the non-stop blockade and intermittent strikes enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance for the low pass rate this year. “The pass rate would have been higher if we did not have to reschedule the exams due to the BNP-Jamaat’s countrywide blockade and shut down,” she added. Later the minister shared the details of the result at a media conference at the Secretariat at 1pm. Of the nearly 1.5 million students that appeared for the SSC, madrasa and technical exams this year, a total of 1,282,618 have passed in all the education boards. According to the education minister’s press briefing, only 5,095 institutions have

managed 100% success rate. The average pass rate in the eight general education boards is 86.72%, which was 92.67% last year. However, the madrasa and the technical boards saw a slight rise in the pass rate. In madrasa board the success rate is 90.20% compared to last year’s 89.25%.

Rape, rape-murder rising Jamil Khan and n Mohammad Kamrul Hasan

The incidence of rape and murder after rape is on the rise across the country, a women’s rights group has said. According to Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA) statistics, at least 241 rape incidents were reported between January and May 23 this year. The organisation said the incidence of rape has been rising since 2010. BNWLA statistics showed 789 rapes reported in 2014, 719 in 2013, 836 in 2012, 603 in 2011 and 411 in 2010. Young girls and elderly women are equally at risk of being raped, women’s rights activists said. Accused rapists frequently go unpunished,

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they added. Sources at the Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka said just two percent of rape cases go to trial each year. Statistics show that in rape cases, after a complaint is registered or a case is filed, the trial of the cases hardly ever take place. Fourteen years’ worth of data collected by the One Stop Crisis Centre in Dhaka showed that at least 5,321 females sought help at the centre after being emotionally or sexually harassed, but a mere 43 people received punishment in the cases. Laxity in applying the law, failure of police to investigate properly and delays in the trial process are behind the rising trend of rape, BNWLA said.  PAGE 2 COLUMN 2

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Besides, 83.01% of examinees under the technical board succeeded this year while the figure was 81.97% last year. Syed Manzoorul Islam, professor of Dhaka University also cited the frequent schedule change for the low pass rate. “The violent political situation and the rescheduling of exams had an impact on the students’ psyche.”

“Moreover, students, especially from the rural areas, are facing trouble to adopt to the new creative curriculum due to a lack of trained teachers,” he added further saying that the coaching system was also having a detrimental effect on the quality of education. Echoing the same sentiment, Hamida Ali, principal of South Point School and College underscored the need for comprehensive training for the teachers. She however did not believe that the strikes and blockades had a bigger impact on the pass rate. As per the result data, Rajshahi Education Board secured the top place among all the education boards with a pass rate of 94.97%. However, the Dhaka board has the highest number of GPA 5 achievers, which is 36,801. Among the schools, Shamsul Hoque Khan School and College of Dhaka’s Demra area secured the best position in the country in terms of pass rate and GPA 5 winners. Rajuk Uttara Model College, which was last year’s best school, came second this year. Out of the ten best educational institutes, six are under Dhaka Education Board. The SSC and equivalent exams of 2015 were scheduled to begin on February 1 but had to be deferred twice – first to February 4 and then to February 6 – because of the political disruption. All the exams were held on weekly holidays resulting in the written exams to end on April 3, almost a month behind the scheduled time. l

Migrants found off Myanmar to be taken to Rakhine n AFP

More than 700 migrants found crammed into a fishing boat by Myanmar’s navy will be taken to the country’s troubled Rakhine state, a local official said yesterday, adding all those on board were from Bangladesh. A total of 727 people, including 74 women and 45 children, were discovered in the hull of a vessel on Friday morning in the Irrawaddy delta region with state media reporting that 50 passengers had perished before they were rescued. It is the latest boat to have been discovered as the region battles a migrant crisis that has

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erupted since the start of May, leaving around 3,500 people on Thai, Malaysian and Indonesia soil and an estimated 2,500 more stranded at sea. The majority of those fleeing to the three countries are persecuted Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s western Rakhine state or people escaping poverty in neighbouring Bangladesh. A local official said the group discovered Friday had been taken to Thamee Hla Island in the Irrawaddy delta region by the navy, ahead of their transfer to Rakhine.  PAGE 2 COLUMN 2

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