The government committee to probe allegations of question leakages in the recently completed Secondary School Certificate recommended for cancellation of results of examinees benefited from question leakage alongside other legal actions.
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid while briefing journalists on probe committee report on Thursday said that ‘Kha set’ question papers of multiple choice question part of 12 subjects out of 17 were leaked, about 30 minutes ahead of exam.
‘Examinations of 20 lakh students would not be cancelled only for 4,000-5,000 beneficiaries among 20 lakh examines,’ he said.
The minister made the comment as the results of the exam are likely to be published on May 6.
The government on February 6 formed the committee amid widespread allegations of question leaks in the first two SSC exams and it submitted its report on March 11.
The probe committee in its report said that question was leaked about 20 minutes earlier of an exam through closed groups of social media sites. It was not possible to find answers to all the questions within such a short time. Moreover students need to take seat at halls 30 minute prior to an exam, the report said.
The committee recommended for cancellation of result of examinees, who were benefited from question leaks, alongside other legal actions through interrogating the people arrested and identifying the beneficiaries of question leaks.
The committee was primarily responsible for finding whether the ‘question paper leak rumours’ were true and also for recommending whether the SCC exams would be cancelled.
The written part of this year’s SSC exam, which witnessed the largest ever spate of question leaks in the history of country’s public exams.
The question paper leaks started with beginning of the public exam on February 1. It continued till February 22 when questions of Bangla 1st and 2nd papers, English 1st and 2nd papers, religion and moral studies, general maths, physics, chemistry, Bangladesh and global studies, biology and higher maths were reportedly leaked at least one hour before the starting of the exams.
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on February 1 said that if the allegation of question leak of any paper was proved, the exam would be retaken.
Law enforcement agencies, arrested at least 153 people including at least ten teachers, and 53 cases were filed in this regard.
When 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 committee, to find out those involved in leaking papers.
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