The government’s numerous strict measures to prevent question paper leaks during the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent exams have proved futile yet again as Tuesday's Physics and Finance and Banking tests were not spared from the ongoing spate of leaks.
The “Ga” set Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) of Physics was found available on WhatsApp groups around 9am, an hour ahead of the test.
Around 10:05am, the “Gha” set MCQ of Finance and Banking had also been leaked.
The leaked questions, which were also identical to the original question paper, later were available all over the social media.
With Tuesday's leaks, questions have been available on social networking platforms, including Facebook and WhatsApp, ahead of all nine tests during this year’s SSC exams that began on February 1.
No Dhaka education board officials were available for comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, Chittagong district administration authorities detained a teacher and nine students of Ideal School and College, Patia, in the morning after they were found with leaked questions and their answers in the city, reports our correspondent Anwar Hussain.
Twenty-four who were found with the leaked Physics MCQ paper out of 56 students of the school were expelled over the incident, said Executive Magistrate Syed Murad Ali.
They were caught red-handed during a raid on a bus parked near their exam centre, Bangladesh Mahila Samity High School, around 9:15am.
Mobile phones and tablets were also seized from nine students who were among the expelled students.
On Monday, the government had banned mobile phones within 200 metres of any exam centre.
At least 28 others were also expelled for violating discipline in the halls during the exams in Chittagong, Jamalpur, Dinajpur and Nilphamari on Tuesday, reports UNB.
In Chittagong’s Fatikchhari upazila, Executive Magistrate Syed Murad Ali’s team also arrested seven examinees and expelled three others from Heiwako exam centre while they were solving the question on their mobile phones.
Eight smart phones were seized from their possession, said Mia Abul Kalam Azad, sub-inspector of Datmara Investigation Centre.
In Jamalpur, a team of law enforcers, led by Sarishabari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Shaiful Islam and Assistant Commissioner (Land) Md Firoz Al Mamun, conducted a drive at a house nearby Sarishabari Reaz Uddin Talukdar School exam centre around 9am and arrested two teachers and four female students while they were solving the Physics question paper.
In Dinajpur, local administration in a drive led by Biral UNO ABM Raushan Kabir arrested three SSC examinees from Dhukurjhari High School exam centre.
Acting on a tip-off, the UNO conducted a drive at the exam centre around 9:25am and arrested them while they were solving the Physics question paper on their smart phones, said Biral police OC Abdul Mazid.
Later, Upazila Education Officer Md Touyab Ali filed a case with the police station, the OC added.
A SSC examinee was also expelled at Dharmapur High School exam centre for violating the discipline.
In Nilphamari, another SSC examinee was held from Syedpur upazila over question paper leak during a drive conducted by UNO Bazlur Rashid at Syedpur Cantonment Board High School exam centre, police said.
A case was filed against the arrestee under ICT act.
Sections of this article were first published on banglatribune.com