Question leaked again amidst govt denial

Ahmed Shatil Alam | Updated at 12:45pm on February 04, 2018

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Parents of many Secondary School Certificate examinees on Saturday alleged that multiple choice questions of Bangla second paper exam held on the day were leaked about 45 minutes before the exam began.
The exam of the subject’s first paper was held on Thursday also amid widespread allegation of question paper leak.
Parents and examinees said that they found multiple choice questions posted at several social media sites, including Facebook and whatsapp in between 9:10am and 9:34am and all of those questions matched with the question paper given to the examinees at exam hall after the exam started at 10:00am.
Dhaka education board secretary and acting chairman Shahedul Khabir Chowdhury told New Age that they aware of such allegation and would investigate it.
‘Like the previous exam day, we have got an allegation of question leak and we are looking into the matter,’ he said.
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Thursday said that exam would be cancelled if any question paper was leaked.
A high official of education ministry, seeking anonymity, said they found the leaked question to have matched the original one.
‘Like earlier cases, we have informed the law enforcement agencies mentioning hundreds of Facebook pages, groups and other social media platforms, but these are still active,’ he said.
The minister, however, could not be reached for comment on the question leak on Saturday.
This year, following allegations of question leak in public examinations, the education ministry made a series of arrangements, including closure of coaching centres during exams and students requiring to take seats 30 minutes ahead of the exams and enhanced monitoring while opening packets of question.
Guardians of several examinees from Mohammadpur, Mirpur, Malibagh and Mirpur areas in capital alleged that they got several photographs of the MCQ questions of Bangla second paper exam.
According to the parents, they found uploaded pictures of set-B questions on Facebook groups ‘Psc Jsc Ssc Hsc Reall Out Question All Board 100% Common’ ‘All Exam Suggetion Roki Vai’, ‘SSC Exam question 2018’ and ‘PSC. JSC. SSC. HSC Exam Helping Centre’ between 9:10am and 9:34am.
They also said that they found set B MCQ questions posted on several social media sites of some Whatsapp and IMO groups. The leaked questions matched entirely, even the set and questions order, with the question paper the examinees got at the hall.
‘The leaked questions matched completely, in fact the order and set, with the question paper,’ said an examinee of Dhaka Residential Model College.
A student needs to answer MCQ questions for 30 out of 100 marks for the paper.
Leakage of question in public exams has become a regular phenomenon in recent times, with the government failing to stop it.
Allegations of question leak, one after another, in Primary Education Completion exams after Class-V, Junior School Certificate exams after Class-VIII, Higher Secondary Certificate and SSC Examination after Class-X surfaced ahead of the exams in 2017.
A Transparency International Bangladesh study of August 2015 found that 63 question papers of public exams were leaked in four years. The study said that although question leaks had happened since the 1970s, but ‘in the past five years it became a regular phenomenon’.
Earlier, on Thursday, parents and examinees said that they had found multiple choice questions for Bangla first paper exam posted at several social media sites, including Facebook, in between 9:20am and 9:44am and all of the questions matched with the question paper given to the examinees.
On the day, Nurul Islam Nahid, and Dhaka education board secretary and acting chairman Shahedul Khabir Chowdhury and inter-education boards controller of examinations convener Tapan Kumar Sarkar denied the allegation of question leak.
This year, 20,31,899 students are taking the exams, of which 16,03,078 taking SSC exams under eight general education boards, 2,89,772 taking Dakhil exams under the madrassah education board and 1,14,779 vocational exams under the technical education board.
The written exams will continue till February 25 while practical exams will be held between February 26 and March 4.