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Teacher, 7 others detained for leaking 'fake' SSC questions

Update : 02 Mar 2017, 08:04 PM
Detectives have detained eight people, including a teacher, for their alleged involvement in the leak of supposedly fake Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam questions this year. The detainees are Rafiqul Islam who teaches English at Kamalapur Sher-e-Bangla Railway High School, Roman Hossain Mahir, Rajib Ali, Ariful Islam Arif, Antor, Tarikuzzaman Himel alias Abir, Liton Miah and Zahirul Islam Shuvo. Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune on Thursday morning. The suspects were produced before Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court later in the day and were all placed on remand for three days, said court sources. During a press briefing at the DMP media centre on Thursday, Detective Branch Joint Commissioner Abdul Baten said the suspects had been detained in separate drives conducted in Dhaka, Chapainawabganj, Mymensingh, Jamalpur and Kushtia districts throughout Wednesday. “There are three ways that questions can be leaked,” he told reporters. “The first option is where the question papers are prepared. The second source is the government press where they are printed. The third option is when they question papers are sent to the exam centres.”
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The detainees are suspected to be involved with question leak via the third option, Baten said, adding: “We have learnt that they were definitely involved with the leak of English question papers.” Further investigation is underway to find what other question papers they have leaked to SSC examinees. Baten said Rafiqul, the English teacher, ran a coaching centre named Gyankosh. “The question papers were leaked there to boost its reputation on the basis of good results of its students.” Asked whether the question papers were entirely fake or they had similarities with the question papers used in the examinations, he said the Detective Branch of police was still looking into the matter. The DB official also said the detainees explained how they leaked the question papers during primary interrogation. “The gang collected photos of the question papers when they were distributed to the exam centres from the deputy commissioner's office. Then within 15 minutes, they were ready to distribute the questions with answers. The leaked them on Facebook and Facebook Messenger using fake IDs as well as on different mobile messaging applications.”
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The SSC and equivalent examinations began on February 2 and will continue until March 11. On February 14, detectives detained six members of a gang involved with the leak of SSC and HSC question papers on different social media and messaging platforms. Question paper leaks before different levels of examinations has become a growing concern for the government and has put the Ministry of Education under fire in recent years. The Dhaka Tribune published an investigative story titled “SSC question paper leaks going strong on Facebook” on February 13 where activities of the gangs involved in this crime were explained. It was found that certain groups on Facebook offer question papers the night before the exam and accept online payment after the exams are held.
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