Education minister Dipu Moni on Sunday said that coaching centres across the country would remain closed for a month from January 27 to prevent leak of question papers during Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations.
Like previous year, all coaching centres would remain closed from a week before the start of the examinations till the end of the examinations, she said at a meeting, adding, ‘All coaching centres will be closed between January 27 and February 27.’
Dipu Moni was present at the meeting of national monitoring and law and order affairs committee held in the ministry conference room in the secretariat on the upcoming SSC and equivalent exams scheduled to begin on February 2.
The theoretical parts of the examinations will end on February 25, which will be followed by practical tests.
The meeting was attended, among others, by state minister for education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, Secondary and Higher Education Division secretary Md Sohrab Hossain and chairpersons of different boards.
The minister claimed that no incidents of question leak took place in any examinations held in 2018.
In 2018 the question papers of Bangla 1st and 2nd papers, English 1st and 2nd papers, religion and moral studies, general mathematics, physics, chemistry, Bangladesh and global studies, biology and higher mathematics were reportedly leaked.
At the meeting, Dipu Moni said that measures including – use of special envelopes made by aluminium foil in carrying questions papers to the exam centres, imposing section 144 in the centre areas and awareness programmes through media – would be taken to check leak of question.
‘In the past rumours on leak of question were more than that of actual incidents,’ she said, warning, ‘we will take stern action against people involved in leaking question and spreading rumours.’
She said that already intelligence started monitoring.
The government on February 4, 2018 announced a bounty of Tk 5 lakh on any person involved in question leak and on February 15 the same year the High Court for the first time appointed two five-member committees to find out those involved in leaking papers.
Law enforcement agencies arrested over 153 people for their alleged involvement in question leak and 53 cases were filed in this regard.
The minister also said that no one would be allowed into the centres except persons directly involved with examinations and no one would enter the centres with mobile phones except the centre secretaries.
‘At least 30 minutes before the examinations all examinees have to enter the centres,’ she said, adding that due to unavoidable reasons if someone reaches late, they have to file their names, roll numbers and reasons in the registered book,’ she said.
This year 21,37,307 examinees will attend SSC examinations at 3,494 exam centres.
A total of 3,10,172 students will attend Dakhil examinations at 711 centres and 1,26,372 students will attend vocational examinations at 759 centres.
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