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5 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Tk 5 lakh bounty for info on question leak

Education ministry panel to probe SSC ‘question paper leak’
Tk 5 lakh bounty for info on question leak

Jolted by the alleged question paper leak of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations on Facebook, the education ministry yesterday formed a committee to look into the matter. “We have formed an 11-member monitoring committee to assess all the examinations. It will report on the acceptability of the exams as questions have been raised over them following the alleged leak,” education minister Nurul Islam Nahid told the media after an emergency meeting with senior ministry officials, law enforcement agencies and board chairmen in the Secretariat.

The secretary of the technical and madrasa division, Md Alamgir, will head the committee, which will also include representatives from the Cabinet Division, public administration ministry, home ministry, two members from the police department and three education board members.

Asked if the ministry has got any specific proof of a leak, the minister said, “We formed the committee for this purpose so that it can assess the matter correctly and then the picture will be clear.”

Nahid claimed that the issue was a “deep conspiracy” against the government. “The purpose of uploading the question paper on social media was not only for financial benefits. Basically, it is a deep conspiracy to tarnish the government’s image and shake the trust of the people,” he said.

“Police will find out those involved in the conspiracy and arrest them soon. It’s a matter of time only,” he added. Nahid further announced a reward of Tk. 5 lakh to “the person giving us information that will help us to arrest the masterminds involved in the leak”.

On the misgivings over multiple choice questions (MCQ), the minister admitted that the ministry was working to streamline the process. “We had said in 2015 that it would be erased in 2017. Ten marks were deducted from MCQ at that time. We will hold a seminar on how it can be erased. It a time-consuming matter. A final decision will be taken after the seminar,” he said. The minister also said no person or student was allowed to carry a mobile phone or any other device inside the examination centre. “Any person found carrying such a device in the examination centre will be arrested immediately. In case an examinee is found with such a device, he or she will be expelled,” he added.

Three papers of SSC and equivalent examinations are over by now. The English paper of SSC will be held today, but different Facebook groups are allegedly active in selling questions, triggering

concern among guardians and students. “The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (BTRC) and police will take steps to stop the Facebook links that are spreading confusion by uploading question papers. We have sought the cooperation of BTRC and they are trying to see what can be done,” said Nahid.

“It does not depend solely on the BRTC. Facebook authorities should look into the matter as well,” he added.

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