Jatiya Party (JaPa) MP Zia Uddin Ahmed Bablu on Monday called for the resignation of Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid over the alleged leak of question papers for the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams and for “encouraging” government officials to take bribes.
The MP made the demand in a session of the national parliament.
Zia Uddin Ahmed Bablu said: “The Ministry of Education on Sunday announced a bounty of Tk5 lakh each for the handover of criminals involved in question paper leaks to the authorities. But on Monday, a user with the Facebook ID ‘Tushar Shuvro’ openly claimed they had the SSC question papers and asked for a huge amount of money in return. So why are these happening openly?”
Bablu, a JaPa Presidium member, also criticized a speech by the education minister claiming it “encouraged” his officials to take bribes.
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“How can he (Nahid) be a minister after encouraging bribery?” he said, adding that the education minister should either resign or be removed from his post.
Subsequently, Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Mia, who was chairing the parliamentary session, said: "The prime minister will do whatever she thinks for the sake of the nation."
English Paper I questions in the ongoing SSC and equivalent exams were allegedly leaked before the exam on Monday morning. The allegation follows claims that the Bangla Paper I and II questions were also leaked when the exams began last Thursday.
Earlier on Sunday, December 24, 2017, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid courted controversy when he appeared to accept that a degree of bribery was prevalent in educational institutions during a speech before Directorate of Inspection and Audit (DIA) officials at the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) auditorium.
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“I don’t have the guts to ask you not to take bribes, it would be meaningless. It is not only the officials who are thieves, but also the ministers. I am a thief too. This is the way of the world. But it has to be changed,” the minister had said.
When asked for comment on the matter at the time, DIA Director Prof Ahmed Sazzad Rashid said the education minister did not seriously mean to encourage bribery.
“He often makes fun and this was just an example of a previous practice,” Sazzad Rashid said.
The education minister’s speech went viral on social media and drew criticism from various quarters.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com