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POST TIME: 2 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Question leak claim mars first day of SSC
Staff Reporter

Question leak claim mars first day of SSC

An allegation of question paper leak cast a cloud on the first examination of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) yesterday. An alleged similarity was found between the questions given to the SSC Bangla examinees and a “question paper” doing the rounds on Facebook earlier.

“We're looking into the matter. We'll take necessary measures in this regard,” Chowdhury Mufad Ahmed, additional secretary (government secondary) of the Secondary and Higher Education Division, said. However, the education minister denied any leak. “A false copy of the questions was uploaded on Facebook,” the minister told reporters while visiting an examination centre at Dhanmondi Government Laboratory High School.

“We've done whatever is possible to

keep the examinations safe from question paper leak,” he said. He also said the examinations would be cancelled immediately if any proof of leaked question papers was found. “No one will be spared and stern action will be taken against the guilty,” he added.

This year, the question papers are uniform for the SSC and equivalent examinations across the country.  Around 20 lakh examinees are appearing for the SSC and equivalent examinations. On the first day, however, 9,742 examinees were absent and 26 were expelled, sources in the education ministry control room informed The Independent.

Also this year, the examinees were instructed to report to their respective centres half an hour before the schedule start of the examinations.  However, many guardians complained against the government decision.

“It’s very difficult to stick to this rule of entering the centre 30 minutes before the exam because of severe traffic congestion,” said Ismat Jahan, a guardian.

“Why should the examinees take all the responsibility when the government itself cannot curb the leak of question paper?” she added.

Notwithstanding the new rule, some examinees entered the Dhanmondi Government Laboratory High School centre after 9.30 am. However, the guard of the centre, Moniruzzaman, told reporters that he was not given any instruction in this regard.

Centre secretary and headmaster of the school, Abdul Khaleque, defended his decision to allow the late comers to write their exams. “There may have been problems on the road. So, the examinees were allowed to enter the centre considering special needs and on humanitarian grounds,” he said. The theoretical examinations will end on February 25.