The clique leaking question still remains out of reach as question of physics of the ongoing Secondary School Certificate examinations were leaked ahead of the test on Tuesday like each and every exam held so far.
The perpetrators continues to leak the papers despite series of government steps like ban on cell phone use around 200 metres of exam centre, closure of coaching centres during exams and students needing to take seats 30 minutes ahead of starting of exams and enhanced monitoring while opening question packet to prevent question leak.
All these efforts went in vain as multiple choice questions of physics were made available on social media sites about 9:00am, which matched the actual question paper given to examinees when the exam started at 10:00am.
Law enforcers arrested another 27 people in Dhaka, Tangail, Dinajur, Brahmanbaria and Chittagong for their involvement in question leaking.
With these, the total number of arrested people reached at least 76 since the exam begin on February 1.
Education board officials as well as law enforcers said most of the arrested were beneficiaries of the leaks and mastermind of the leaks were yet to be arrested as question leak turned a regular phenomenon.
Dhaka education board secretary and acting chairman Shahedul Khabir Chowdhury wondered why the den of question leakers was not yet busted.
‘I hope law enforcers will be able to bust the den with information provided by the arrested people after investigation,’ he said.
Home affairs minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Tuesday that suspected question leakers were facing arrest at various places.
‘The racket behind the alleged question leaks during the ongoing SSC exams would be busted soon as law enforcers are actively working in coordination with the authorities under the education ministry,’ he told reporters responding to a
question at his office in the secretariat.
Guardians alleged that question of Bangla first paper exam on February 1, Bangla second paper on February 3, English first paper on February 5, English second paper on February 07, religion and moral studies on February 8, mathematics on February 10 and information and communication education on February 11 were posted at different social media sites well ahead of exams which matched the actual question paper given to examinees at the halls.
Widespread allegations of question leak in each and every SSC exam so far held forced the Ministry of Education to form an eleven-member committee on February 4 to monitor and investigate the allegations of question leak in examinations and declare a Tk 5 lakh bounty on information of question leak.
SSC examinees and their parents complained that MCQ part of physics was leaked at least 60 minutes ahead of the exam began.
They said images of C set of MCQs along with solutions to the physics exam were posted at several Facebook group and a Whatsapp group and the leaked question was found identical with the MCQs given to the examinees at exam hall.
The leaked MCQ’s of the paper was found posted on Facebook groups ‘PSC • JSC • SSC • HSC Exam Helping Center’ at 9:00am and a Whatsapp group SSC Free Proshner Dokan at 8:58am.
Shahedul Khabir like the previous instances once again denied the allegation of question leak.
Rapid Action Battalion 2 media officer Feroz Kawasar said that they about 3:00am on Monday night arrested Dhamrai college student Sabbir Ahmed on the allegation of leaking question and spreading it.
‘We found that Sabbir was one of the administrators of several Facebook and Whatsapp group like ICT group, Lion groups and others which spread leaked question,’ he said.
New Age correspondent in Chittagong reported that Chittagong additional deputy commissioner (education) Habibur Rahman said law enforcers arrested 17 –– 10 from port city including a teacher and 7 from Fatikchhari — on allegation of leaking question and was handed over to police.
Habibur Rahman said that in Chittagong, 33 students including 16 arrested were expelled from the exam.
Among the expelled, 24 were students of Patiya Ideal School at Patiya, seven of Baganbazar High School, Gajaria Jebunnessapara High School and Chikonchhara High School at Fatikchary and two of Chittagong Police Institution at Dampara.
Habibur Rahman said they expelled all these students as they were found carrying leaked question and solution to physics question.
New Age correspondent in Tangail reported that police arrested Ibrahim Khan Government College student Sijen Khan from Bhuapur upazila while he was showing leaked question to examinees, Bhuapur acting upazila nirbahi officer Sharif Ahammad said.
Sharif also said that four examinees were expelled for their alleged involvement in question leaking and carrying smartphones at exam hall.
New Age Dinajpur correspondent reported that seven examinees — four from Biral upazila, two from Bochganj and one from Birampur upazila — for carrying smartphones with leaked questions along with solutions, said respective upazila education officers.
New Age Brahmanbaria correspondent added that an SSC examinee was arrested from Aruail Bahomukhi high school centre at Sarail for carrying smartphone with leaked question, said Sarail police officer-in-charge Mafij Uddin Sadi.
Allegations of question leaks of different papers of Primary Education Completion exams, Junior School Certificate exams, Higher Secondary Certificate and SSC exams in 2017 surfaced ahead of the tests.
The English second paper test in 2014 HSC exams was postponed following allegations that the questions had been leaked.
Question papers for 2014 SSC exams were also reportedly leaked. In December and November 2013, question papers for some subjects of PEC and JSC exams were also reportedly leaked.
A Transparency International Bangladesh study found in August 2015 that 63 question papers of public exams were leaked in four years.
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