A Secondary School Certificate examinee from Dhaka Residential Model College heaved a sigh of relief when news outlets on Sunday said question of that day’s exams, agricultural studies and others, did not leak as it did in all previous papers.
‘I was so happy with the news because I studied hard for last two years to get GPA 5 in all subjects,’ he told New Age.
But, on Monday, his happiness turned into frustration again after he heard that multiple choice questions of biology paper leaked on the day along with solutions an hour before the exam began at 10:00am.
After the exam on the day, he also shared his hopelessness with New Age saying how all government efforts in preventing the question leaks were ineffective and rendered his two years’ hard work meaningless.
‘Many of my fellow examinees would do better than me as they got the questions,’ he expressed his dismay.
His mother Khadeza Khanom also shared her anger over the government’s
decision to retake the examination if question was leaked in any paper.
‘Why should he (her son) sit for exam again since he attended the exams with utmost level of honesty,’ she said.
With the latest, the question leak in this year SSC exam entered into its 11th day, after a one-day of break on Sunday, as the nuisance popped up before every paper since the beginning of the exams on February 1.
This is the largest-ever reported spate of SSC question paper leaks that have drawn fierce criticisms from educationist, guardians, examinees and people from all walks.
The 11-member committee of education ministry formed to investigate the allegations of question paper leaks on February 4 is expected to determine the fate of exam on February 25.
While contacted, coordinator of inter-education board subcommittee chairman Shahedul Khabir Chowdhury, also Dhaka education board acting chairman, on Monday said they were aware about biology question leak.
When all the government efforts failed to check the malpractice, on February 15, the High Court for the first time appointed two five-member committees, including a judicial, for finding out those involved in leaking papers.
The same day, secondary and higher education division secretary Sohorab Hossain said that it was not possible to stop questions from being leaked in the existing exam system.
At least five people, including two teachers, two coaching centre officials and an admin of a Facebook group that has been allegedly circulating the leaked question papers, were arrested in Dhaka on Monday for their alleged involvement in leaking biology question, taking to 100 the number of people arrested since the beginning of the exams.
The perpetrators continued to leak questions 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, said agitated parents.
The examinees and their guardians, said that apart from Sunday’s exams, the Set-B of MCQ’s question of biology along with the answers were posted about 9:00am at social media including Facebook and Whatsapp groups, as question leaked in Bangla 1st and 2nd paper, English 1st and 2nd paper, religion and moral studies, mathematics, chemistry and Bangladesh and global studies.
They said the leaked questions matched, even in order, with the actual question paper given to examinees when the exam began.
Parents of the examinees, meanwhile, have urged the government not to retake the examinations.
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid at the beginning of the exam had said they would retake an examination if the question was leaked.
Government already put the lives of lakhs of students into uncertainty as it failed to tackle question leak and now if they retook the examinations, it would only add salt to wounds, said Ziaul Kabir Dulu, president of Obhibhabak Oikya Forum.
‘It will be an injustice to the examinees who did not resort to unfair means,’ he said.
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