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7 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Leak of SSC questions

Jolted by the alleged question paper leak of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations on Facebook, the education ministry Sunday formed a committee to look into the matter. According to a report of this newspaper on Monday, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid announced Tk 5 lakh bounty for helping catch those involved in question papers leak. What is disturbing is that after the alleged leak of Bangla first and second paper SSC questions, the same thing happened with the English first paper on Monday.

Leak of question papers before the commencement of examinations is nothing new in this country. This malpractice has been happening for the last few years and the children of people with political clout, money and muscle power are gaining access to leaked papers while the truly meritorious ones are bearing the brunt of it. Of late this menace has become pervasive and warrants an immediate remedy. Examination is the process to judge the merit of a student. But when malpractice and manipulation occur they take their toll on the innocent and meritorious students.

How to cure this malady has become a deep concern for conscious students and guardians and those belonging to the saner segment of the society. The growing demand for leaked questions for exams of all levels does not augur well. It speaks of a baser mentality that aspires for gross things of life ignoring intellectual pursuit. Are we heading for the generation whose future will be built on dubious morality? What purpose will they serve for the country?  

What is most reprehensible is that a section of people are abetting this crime in exchange for financial gains. Each time a leak of question papers occurs the relevant authorities stammer various excuses. This is very unfortunate. There is no credit in resorting to ‘ostrich syndrome’. It is better to accept the reality. The overall quality of education has not improved in the country.

The government should show zero tolerance to the issue of question paper leaks. The education ministry and the education boards should play pro-active roles in this regard. Both short- and long-term measures are needed to combat the menace of question paper leaks. The achievements of the government in the education sector will pale into insignificance if the menace of question paper leaks is not stopped forthwith. The persons responsible for this malpractice should be identified and punished. There is no room for foot-dragging. 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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