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21 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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SSC QUESTION PAPER LEAK

New exam method from next year

STAFF REPORTER
New exam method 
from next year

Amid widespread leaks of question papers before exams, education ministry has come with a decision to hold the next Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations in a new method to curb the menace. Although the ‘new method’ is yet to be formulated, there are several proposals before the ministry and they would place it before the experts to adopt a new method for the examinations. The ministry, however, does not have any plan to apply any new method for the upcoming Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations for a shortage of time. The ministry is also of the opinion that a question bank would be required if it wants to employ a new method for the HSC exams.

The ministry said all stakeholders have agreed in principle to formulate a question bank for the public examinations from next year.

Secretary for Secondary and Higher Education Sohorab Hossain divulged the information while briefing journalists after an inter-ministerial meeting, which discussed leaks of question papers in the SSC exams and preparations for the upcoming HSC examinations.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Home Minister Asaduzzaan Khan Kamal and Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar along with secretaries of different ministries were present at the meeting.

Emerging from the meet, Mustafa Jabbar said, “We would assist education ministry in every possible way.”

Asked about the change in the exam system, Secretary Sohorab Hossain said, “The government has to go for the new system from the next SSC examinations. We have several proposals before us. We will place those before the experts.”

“Everyone has agreed to make a question bank for the new system of examination from next year. But whether we would  print the questions or not would be decided later. We have to formulate a method where there will be no need for printing questions or there will be no risk of leaks during distribution,” he added.  “We don’t have enough time to introduce any new system for the Higher Secondary Examinations (HSC) to be held on April 2. So, from next year, we will be able to hold the SSC examination in a new method,” he said. Asked whether the ministry will scrap MCQs from public examinations, he said, “What the prime minister has said is an order. But we have to come through a process on how to scrape it. It cannot be done suddenly.”

Asked about the cancellation of SSC exams for question paper leaks, he said, “A committee has been working. We don’t want to take any action administratively because 20 lakh students are involved here. Steps would be taken as per the committee recommendations.”

At the meeting, several areas were earmarked regarding the question paper leaks in the SSC exams.

The members were notified that at least 250 people are involved in composing, editing, printing and packaging of question papers at the BG Press.

The members are of the opinion that if any of the personnel, involved with the whole process, wants to leak questions, it becomes very difficult to check it as ‘the questions can even be memorised by three to four groups’.

Executive magistrates and officials concerned carry the question papers to treasury room but the meeting was told that there are allegations that some of the officials don’t carry out their duties properly.

Besides, additional exam centres have been approved without ensuring adequate manpower for its management, which lead to centre secretaries to open questions before the schedule time.

The secretary also said that it has become difficult to control smart phones at exam centres as the number of examinees and personnel concerned is huge.

Of the minutes of the meeting, it was noted that failure to ensure immediate punishment to the culprits is prompting others not to fear the authorities and that Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission has no arrangement for controlling social media instantly. As a result, it is difficult to identify the persons who are uploading the questions, the minutes said.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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