Government high-ups at a meeting on Tuesday identified six major reasons behind the leaking of question scripts during public examinations.
The meeting was held at the Education Ministry in Dhaka with Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid in the chair.
The meeting came a day after an investigation committee submitted its report on question paper leaks following widespread criticism over the leaking and spreading of questions on social media sites including Facebook.
Earlier, on Sunday, the investigators said they had found evidence substantiating the allegations of question paper leaks during the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent exams.
The six reasons identified on Tuesday are:
At least 250 people of the government and BG Press are involved in composing, editing, printing and packaging. And it is possible for some of them to memorize and thus leak questions even if they are not allowed to copy the script.
There are allegations that the officials concerned do not properly discharge their duties and abide by the rules while distributing question scripts after receiving them from treasuries through executive magistrates.
Though additional test centres have been approved, there is a lack of adequate staff to control them. In addition, many of these centres are located far away from the main venue. As a result, secretaries at the main venue have to open the sealed packages at least 30 minutes before the exams start, and questions may get leaked within this period.
Controlling the use of smartphones by examinees, teachers and officials in charge of tests has become a difficult job. As a result, question papers get leaked and spread on the social media just because of a few teachers and staff. Participants at the meeting suggested law enforcers launch their drives against leakers at least 15d days before a public examination starts.
It has been observed that intelligence agencies cannot monitor the situation because of lack of adequate manpower, and infrastructural as well as technological facilities. As miscreants are easily evading arrests and punishment, other criminals feel encouraged to commit the crime.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission does not have adequate measures to control the social media sites, which has led to the failure to identify the leakers and block their accounts.
An allegation was also raised at the meeting that Information and Communication Technology Division, local administrations and law enforcement agencies are not cooperating with the Education Ministry in its drives to prevent the leaking of question scripts.
Among others, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Secretary to the Public Administration Ministry Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan, and Secretary to the Education Ministry Md Sohrab Hossain were present at the meeting.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com