Wednesday 23 September 2020

With kind approval from the Government of Bangladesh (Ministry of Education), the British Council is pleased to confirm that we are going ahead with the October-November 2020 exams series for the International GCSE, IGCSE, O Level and International A Level examinations as per schedule.

We acknowledge the challenges faced by students, parents, and teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic, and extend our heartfelt gratitude to them for their patience and understanding during this uncertain time. We sincerely appreciate the support and cooperation of the Government of Bangladesh (Ministry of Education) in helping carry out the upcoming October-November 2020 exams series.

We are pleased to be able to provide students across Bangladesh with a choice to take their exams from next month, especially after the global cancellation of the May - June 2020 exams. We have approximately 5200 students in Bangladesh who registered with us in July-August 2020 to sit for their exams in the October-November 2020 series. We know how important it is for these young people to take their exams on time to enable them to stay on track with their future aspirations.

In the upcoming October-November 2020 exams, UK exam boards will base results on students’ performance in the exams alone and not on any non-exam assessment, with the exception of art and design qualifications. (Ref: Ofqual/20/6630:

The health and safety of our customers remain our top priority. All British Council activities will be carried out in line with the Government of Bangladesh Covid-19 protocols, as well as prevention and control mechanisms outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Our safeguarding protocols, including mandatory face coverings in exams, physical distancing of candidates, cleaning and sanitisation of the venues, will be applied in all exam venues across Dhaka, Chattogram, Sylhet, Narayanganj, and Khulna. With these rigorous operating processes in place, we feel confident in administering examinations in a safe and secure way during this challenging time.

Once again, the British Council extends heartfelt gratitude towards all teachers, parents, and students for their incredible patience during this uncertain time and wishes the candidates the very best for their exams.

For further information please contact:

Sharmeen Neelia, Head of Communications, British Council, Email:

Notes to Editors:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, and through broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

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