After the government suspended the Higher Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations on March 22 amid growing uncertainty over coronavirus, education officials recommend the examinees see an opportunity in the delay and prepare better.
The examinations were scheduled to take place between April 1 and May 13 but it was suspended and will be rescheduled if the situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak improves, said education ministry officials on Thursday.
Around 13 to 14 lakh examinees registered for this year's higher secondary and equivalent examinations.
The outbreak of the virus in the country has been causing anxiety as it has been taking a toll on almost every domain of people's lives and disrupting their everyday routine.
In an attempt to contain the outbreak, the government declared a 10-day general holiday from March 26 to April 4 and then extended it to April 11.
Ziaul Haque, chairman of Dhaka Education Board, said this is an unusual situation but students must keep their morale high in times of crisis.
"They will stay in the house and do revision. If they have any problem, they can consult with their teachers over phone. No need to get upset about the future of their educational lives," he told The Daily Star on Thursday.
Ziaul said due to the deferment of the exam, students get a chance to prepare better and that they should see the crisis as an opportunity
"They have already completed the syllabus as the exam was supposed to take place form April 1. They have got extra time and they should use it as a golden opportunity to fix problems, if there are any," he suggested.
To better utilise the time, students can prepare a routine. "For example, they can revise every subject chapter-wise or dedicate a day to study a particular subject."
He said students having the mental strength to overcome the situation is the most important aspect.
"Don't panic about the exam and the admission. Usually university classes start between November and December. So, the policymakers will take decisions to reduce the gap," he added.