POST TIME: 20 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
No respite from SSC question leak
Biology questions leaked on social media

No respite from SSC question leak

There seems to be no stopping of leaking of questions of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams even as only four papers are left to be completed. Multiple choice questions (MCQs) of the biology paper were leaked with answers yesterday, one hour before the exam.  The kha-set of MCQs became available on facebook around 9am. Though the education ministry is taking various steps, questions are still being leaked. On Sunday, the high-powered committee to monitor question paper leak admitted to have found proofs of the leak of the questions in the ongoing SSC exams.

The committee chief, Md Alamgir, said they got proofs of ‘partial’ and ‘full’ question paper leak. He also said the committee members are closely monitoring the matter and would submit their recommendations to education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on February 26.

However, the committee would sit for a final time on February 25, the last day of SSC exams.

Frequent leaking of questions under the current system has prompted the ministry to think of adopting new methods of setting questions in next public exams.

The High Court, on February 15, formed two separate committees ----one judicial and another administrative -- to find out those involved in SSC question paper leak and to determine the strategy to prevent question leak. The court also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned of the government to explain in two weeks why their inaction to stop SSC and equivalent question papers leak should not be declared illegal. Before passing its order, the HC bench described the ‘epidemic of question leak as an issue more serious than drug addiction’.

The five-member judicial committee will be led by the Dhaka district and sessions judge and chief judicial

magistrates of Gazipur and Narayanganj, deputy secretaries of law and education ministries also work as the members of the committee.  On the other hand, the five-member administrative committee will be lead by BUET professor Mohammad Kaykobad and professor Sohel Rahman, director general of secondary education board, a DIG ranked officer of CID and an expert of computer society, the HC order said.

Both the committees have been asked to start their work within seven days after receiving the HC order. It also asked the committees to submit their probe report before the HC in 30 days after they start their functions.

Questions of different public examinations have been leaked over the last few years, and all the question papers of the ongoing SSC examinations have reportedly been leaked. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, on February 11, announced Tk 5 lakh bounty for information on question papers leaks. His ministry also formed an 11-member probe body to investigate the allegations of question leak in SSC Bangla first paper and second paper examinations.

On February 5, Jatiya Party lawmaker Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu in parliament demanded that the minister steps down for his failure to stop question paper leak.