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3 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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curb on question leak

Govt plans to cancel MCQs in PEC

HARUN UR RASHID

The primary and mass education ministry is going to take several initiatives, including cancellation of multiple choice questions (MCQs), to prevent question paper leak in the Primary Examination Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee exams. The changes would involve setting of constructive questions on a creative basis, cancellation of MCQs, printing of more question sets, distribution of questions by software and distribution of questions according to the number of examinees in an exam hall, said sources in the primary and mass education ministry and the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE). The sources also said the recent question paper leak in almost all subjects in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams has deepened concern, prompting the ministry to take measures to prevent question paper leak in the PEC exams to be held in November.

On February 25, the ministry took some important decisions at a monthly meeting. They included dropping of MCQs in the PEC exams and setting of broad questions.

DPE sources said the questions would be distributed through  software within eight days ahead of the exams to plug chances of question paper leak. Earlier, in the manual process,

question paper distribution took 25 days. There would be eight sets of questions for each subject. The sources also said there would be no wastage of question papers in the exam halls as their number would be the same as that of examinees.

This measure is intended to seal the scope of extra question papers being smuggled out by some “dishonest” teachers to leak the questions.

The National Academy for Primary Education (NAPE) issued a directive on February 18 on the structure of questions and the distribution of marks for competency-based questions. NAPE suggested that there should be both MCQs and constructive questions for the 2018 PEC exams. But after the NAPE directive, the ministry, at its monthly meeting, decided to do away with MCQs in the PEC exams. A participant at the monthly meeting on February 25 revealed that primary and mass education minister Mostafizur Rahman had said it would be correct to drop MCQs in the PEC exams and directed that steps be taken in this regard.

The minister also underscored the need for an alternative press, such as the BG Press, for printing question papers of the PEC and equivalent exams.

The additional secretary of the primary and mass education ministry, Gias Uddin Ahmad, said the minister favoured dropping of MCQs in the PEC exams in view of the recent question paper leak. “The ministry has decided to cancel MCQs from the next PEC exams in November. We would now see how to proceed in this regard,” he added.

The ministry has directed the DPE to find a way. The DPE will work with NAPE to do away with MCQs and set broad and short questions. Under the existing MCQs, there are 10 marks for Bangla, 20 for English, 24 for mathematics, 50 for Bangladesh and Biswaporichoy, 50 for primary science and 50 marks for religion. Under the new system, MCQs would be dropped and replaced by broad or short questions.

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