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Ministry touts ‘new steps’ ahead of HSC exams

153 arrested, 52 cases filed over SSC question leak: Nahid
STAFF REPORTER
Ministry touts ‘new steps’ 
ahead of HSC exams

Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid said his ministry will take some additional steps ahead of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations on April 2 to reduce the chances of a question paper leak. “We are always taking new steps to curb question paper leaks.

Despite that, questions are being leaked. Since time is short, we will not make any big changes ahead of the HSC exams. But we will take some new measures and hope those will prove to be effective,” he said.

Addressing the audience at a debate competition at the FDC auditorium in Dhaka, Nahid said: “Bigger changes will be made in the public examinations from next year.”

He also siad that law enforcers have already arrested 153 people for their alleged involvement in the paper leak and 52 cases have been lodged in different police stations across the country. However, he admitted that they have still not been able to reach the core of the problem and identify the masterminds.

“I seek the cooperation of everyone, including teachers and guardians, to help us root out the problem. Help us arrest those who are involved in the question paper leak,” he pleaded.

“The examinees are entering the centres 30 minutes before the exam. Even the envelopes of the questions are opened half an hour before the exam. But someone is still leaking the questions,” he summed up.

“Question paper leak is a big issue now. Classroom teaching is very important. If we cannot educate our children with the knowledge that’s all around us, they will not become complete individuals. Cultural activities are necessary for the development of physical and mental skills,” he added.

Secondary and higher education secretary Sohrab Hossain complained: “Some people are attacking us for the question paper leak. Instead of giving any suggestions on how to stop it, they are only criticising us.”

“Under the current system, no one can guarantee that questions will not be leaked. We have to find a method that can help us curb the leak. We need reforms of the existing exam system to plug question paper leaks,” he emphasised.

The secretary said that they have received several suggestions for new methods to be introduced, but such proposals need to be examined.

The education ministry has faced a lot of flak for the leak of the question papers of the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams. The ministry took various initiatives before the exams but nothing worked out. It has formed a committee to investigate the question paper leak. The committee will submit its recommendations to the ministry on February 26, a day after the completion of the SSC exams. In its second meeting, the committee said the question papers were leaked either “partially” or “fully”.

Now, examinees are tense whether the exams will be cancelled due to the leak, as the ministry had previously warned.

IK

 

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