POST TIME: 19 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Govt confirms SSC question leak

Govt confirms SSC question leak

The high-powered committee of the education ministry has found proof that questions have been leaked in the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations. The committee will submit its recommendations to the education minister on February 26. The ministry will decide the next course of action—whether to cancel the examinations or not. The chief of the committee, Md Alamgir, said it would recommend to the ministry to cancel the examinations, but it would be up to the ministry to take a decision in this respect.

“We have found proof of partial and full question paper leaks in the ongoing SSC examinations. We would make a recommendation to the education minister in this regard on February 26,” Md Alamgir, who is also the secretary of the technical and Madrasa education division of the education ministry, told journalists at the Secretariat after the committee’s second meeting.

“We have got proof of full question paper leak of one paper. The ministry will decide whether or not the examination of the paper should be cancelled. We received allegations of a leak of mathematics questions, but we did not find any proof of this, though we found some similarities between the leaked questions and the original ones,” he explained.

“If we find that we have got proof of a full leak of a question set, whether MCQ or Broad, we will recommend holding that particular exams, if the questions are leaked, two or three hours or a day prior to holding the examinations,” he said.

“If the question paper leak affects, say, 500 students, we cannot cancel the examinations of 20 lakh students,” he added. Asked whether the examinations would be cancelled, he said, “We would make a recommendation. The ministry will decide.” Quoting the law enforcement agencies, Alamgir said they have identified 300 mobile numbers, Facebook groups, and links involved in the leak. Among the mobile numbers, some of the numbers belong to some VIPs, and law enforcement personnel have kept them under surveillance, he added. The committee will hold another meeting on February 25, which is also the last day of the theoretical examinations. The education ministry has repeatedly said if proof of question paper leaks is found before or after the examinations, it would cancel the examinations and hold fresh exams.