The leaked MCQ section turned out to be incorrect but the written question paper was an exact match of the one taken by students on Saturday
Despite several measures taken by the education ministry to stop the leaks, question papers surfaced on the social media, an hour after students sat for the Bangla paper I test of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams on Saturday.
The three-hour test began at 10am and around 11:20am pictures of the question were shared on Facebook and WhatsApp, reports Bangla Tribun.
The leaked multiple choice question (MCQ) section turned out to be incorrect but the written question paper was an exact match of the one taken by students on Saturday.
A Facebook user named Shishir Ahmed and WhatsApp chat group titled ‘SSC MISSION 2019’ shared pictures of the question paper and used it as the advertisement for leaked question papers.
Bangla Tribune reached the Dhaka Education Board Chairman Ziaul Haque, who said that there were no options of a question paper to be found outside the centres during the tests.
However, he said: “What might have happened is a student may have left after finishing the test within an hour, which he or she gave out. But now we will instruct teachers to not allow students who finish early, to leave with the question papers.”
The SSC and equivalent examinations started simultaneously in 4,964 centres on Saturday.
A total of over 2.5 million students have registered for the exams this year.
Meanwhile, the government has warned of stern actions against any attempt to leak question papers.
Speaking to the media after visiting the exam centre at Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Government Secondary School in Dhaka's Ashkona area, Education Minister Dipu Moni said they were on “high alert.”
“We all want the examination to be held in an atmosphere that is free of question paper leaks and forgeries. I call upon everyone to work towards holding the examinations in a free and fair manner,” she said.
In its bid to plug question leaks, the government has taken several measures, including making it mandatory for students to enter exam centres at least 30 minutes before the start of the test, with questions being set 25 minutes prior to the test.
No one, aside from the secretaries appointed at examination centres, is allowed to use a mobile phone. A secretary can only use a phone that does not have a camera or internet features.