A tough competition awaits students who are seeking admission in class-XI at reputed colleges in the capital while many educational institutions in rural areas might struggle to get students.
The first phase of online form collection for admission begins today amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Meritorious students with good grades from across the country usually come to Dhaka and try to get enrolled in renowned colleges in the capital.
Form distribution for admission at church-run Notre Dame College, Holy Cross College, St. Joseph Higher Secondary School and St. Gregory's High School and College, will also start today.
For the last several years, based on the results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam, students have been admitted centrally at class XI in government- and private-owned colleges and madrassas in the country through online.
However, due to court order, above mentioned four colleges were admitting students with admission tests. This year their tests will be held virtually due to coronavirus.
College inspector at Dhaka Education Board Harun-or-Rashid, while talking to The Daily Star, said admission seekers will need to face stiff competition to get enrolled in reputed colleges like the previous years.
"Students and guardians prefer these colleges due to their competitive nature, well education management, and quality classroom teaching by qualified teachers," Harun said.
According to Dhaka education board officials, among the capital's reputed colleges, Rajuk Uttara Model College has 1,660 seats for freshmen, Viqarunnisa Noon School and College 2,380 seats, Ideal School And College, Motijheel, has 1,045 seats, Dhaka Residential Model College has 1,066 seats, SOS Hermann Gmeiner College has 110 seats, Dhaka College has 1,200 seats, Dhaka City College has 3,762 seats, Dhaka Commerce College has 4,200 seats, BAF Shaheen College has 1,675 seats, Shamsul Hoque Khan School and College has 1,100 seats, Government Science College has 1,230 seats, and Udayan Uchcha Madhyamik Bidyalaya has 420 seats.
Beside Notre Dame College has 3,230 seats, Holy Cross College has 1,330 and St. Joseph Higher Secondary School 740 has seats.
Board officials also pointed out that when top ranking colleges will see huge rush of admission seekers, many seats of colleges and madrassas in rural areas will remain vacant in lack of students.
Harun said, "There are about 25 lakh seats at colleges and madrassas but about 16.90 lakh students passed the SSC and equivalent exams. Some students will drop out after the level and some will opt for technical education," he said.
He also said that many colleges show more seats than their capacities so the number of total seats reaches 25 lakh.
"Last year many colleges did not get any student," said Harun, but could not give the exact number of such colleges instantly.
Class XI admission seekers will have to submit their online applications between August 9 and 20 in the first phase. The results of the first phase of online applications will be published on August 25.
The second round of applications will be taken from August 31 to September 2 and its outcome will be published on September 4.
The third phase will run between September 7 and 8 and its results will be out on September 10.
During the three-phase admission process, students can apply to a maximum of 10 colleges or madrasas, with a fee of Tk 150 for each, said officials.
Usually, after the three-phased admission process, a new academic year for HSC and equivalent courses begins on July 1. But this year it was different due to coronavirus situation.
Education boards expected starting of the online admission process on May 10, but they could not do so as results of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent exams were published on May 31.
This year the admission process will be completely online. Until last year, students used to apply for admission to colleges through online and SMS.
The SMS-based system will not be available from this year.