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14 February, 2018 01:07:35 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 February, 2018 09:25:23 AM
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Education ministry in constant search for fall guy

Question paper Leak
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Education ministry in constant search for fall guy

Those involved in leaking question papers of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent exams primarily target multiple choice questions (MCQs), as these enable students to get quick marks easily. Experts said the MCQs should be dropped as these do not help evaluate a student properly.

They said the government should take immediate steps to do away with the MCQs for proper evaluation of students and for the sake of improving the standard of education.

The MCQs of the SSC physics paper were leaked yesterday (Tuesday), despite the government’s "strictest possible measures".

Nine sets of question papers of the exams have been allegedly leaked till now.

The government took steps, including a ban on carrying of mobile phones in the vicinity of exam centres, halting Internet service, announcing a Tk. 5 lakh bounty for information about persons involved, and closing of coaching centres to plug question paper leak. But all proved futile.

The SSC and equivalent exams started on February 1. From the beginning, mostly MCQs, and sometimes broad questions, have been allegedly leaked.

The government even formed a high-power 11-member committee, headed by a secretary. But it is yet to submit any report on the question paper leak. Eight days are left for the exams to end.

Education ministry sources said the committee would submit its findings to the education minister on February 18.

Earlier, education minister Nurul Islam

Nahid said the exams would be cancelled whenever they would find proof of question leak before or after the exams.

As the committee could not present anything yet, the question of canceling the exams has not arisen.

At a press conference on February 4, the education minister had said they are thinking of doing away with MCQs. “Many persons have raised questions about MCQs. We said in 2015 that these would be dropped in 2017. Ten marks were deducted from MCQs at that time. We will hold a seminar on how MCQs can be dropped. It’s a time consuming matter. The final decision will be taken after seminar.”

Professor Emeritus Dr. Serajul Islam Chowdhury told The Independent that the MCQ system should have been dropped as these do not evaluate a student properly.

“I am not biased towards MCQs. It does not help evaluate and judge the intelligence and capacity of expression of a student. This system is not functional. MCQs can help students get quick marks, but it is not the proper process of evaluation,” he said.

Meanwhile, the question paper of Physics was also leaked allegedly yesterday hours before the exam in Chittagong while nine students and a teacher of a local college were held in this connection.

The detained students of Chittagong ideal School and College of Patiya branch were carrying the Physics multiple choice questions (MCQ) on their mobile phones. The incident also resulted in the expulsion of 24 more students of the college.

 They were carrying the questions on their mobile and were held during a drive in a bid to avert question leak during the examination in the adjacent areas near Bangladesh Mahila Samity Girls High School and College examination centre in Chittagong around an hour before the examinations began, said Md Habibur Rahman, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education) of Chittagong District administration.

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