The Primary School Certificate and Ebtedayee examination has begun all over the country.
The exams begun on Sunday and is scheduled to end on next Sunday.
According to the Primary and Mass Education Ministry, a total of 3,096,075 fifth-grade and Ebtedayee students are appearing in the exams at 7,267 centres across the country.
On November 19th, the exams commence with the English exam starting at 11am and ending at 1:30pm.
The primary school completion exams are also being held at 12 centres outside Bangladesh.
This year 2,804,509 are taking their PEC exams, while 291,566 are taking the Ebtedayee exams.
Last year 3,230,288 students took the exams. In 2015, the number was 2,254,514.
This year 2,953 special needs candidates will take the PEC exams, while 379 signed up for the Ebdetayee exams. They will each receive 20 extra minutes to complete the exams.
Mostafizur Rahman Fizar, Minister for Primary and Mass Education, said that 189,801 more female candidates are taking part in the examination this year than the male candidates.
The exams will end on November 26 with the math exam.
Examinees, teachers, officials and staff are barred from entering the exam centre with mobile phones.
“Only the centre’s secretary can enter the premises with a mobile phone, which can only be used in a limited manner at the administration offices in emergency situations. But the mobile phone must be turned off until the question papers arrive and the distribution is completed in the exam room.” said Fizar.