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7 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Question paper leaks

All efforts prove ineffective

HARUN UR RASHID

The education ministry has been repeatedly saying that it is doing everything possible to prevent question paper leak in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations. However, their efforts seem to be having little effect. Such leaks have already become a matter of grave concern among guardians and students, while the opposition parties are questioning the functioning of the education ministry for its failure to prevent the malpractice.

Ministry sources said no one could ensure a foolproof measure against question paper leak under the present system. Around 10,000 people are directly involved in the public examination process. If one were to take a photo of the questions sent to the listed addresses, the entire arrangement is likely to collapse, the sources added.

In a situation like this, the education ministry said they were thinking of using "security tape" for envelopes containing sets of question papers because the traditional sealing system can be manipulated. “The traditional sealing system used for envelopes containing question papers can be manipulated. But security tapes cannot be reused,” said Sohorab Hossain, secretary of the Secondary and Higher Education Division of the education ministry.

“Security tapes will be used from the next public examinations. It is not manufactured in Bangladesh and we will have to import it at any cost to prevent question paper leak,” he added. “The ministry is doing whatever is humanly possible to stop question paper leak. But under the current system, none can say that leaks can be stopped hundred per cent,” he noted.

Currently, social media like Facebook and Whatsapp have become the main way of leaking questions and obtaining question papers.

So far, three papers of the SSC examination—Bangla first and second papers and English first paper—have been completed, but the questions of these examinations have allegedly been found on the social media already, bearing a similarity with the main papers.

Though the education ministry has not yet admitted the alleged leak, guardians and examinees are not happy over the incident.

The education ministry has formed an 11-member committee, led by Md Alamgir, secretary to the Technical and Madrasa Division of the ministry, to investigate the alleged leak. But it has not fixed any deadline for the committee to file its findings.

On February 1, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid had said that the SSC and other equivalent would be cancelled if any proof of question paper leak was found before or after the examinations. However, no such move seems to be in sight despite the allegation.

Some ministry officials said they did not found any similarity between the leaked questions and the original ones.

The education ministry has announced a reward of Tk. 5 lakh for giving information about persons involved in the question leak racket, but it has not been effective so far.

The examinees and guardians who are not running after the leaked question papers are worried about the English second paper exam, fearing that its questions may have been leaked.

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