The government is bringing two changes in the Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations, scheduled to begin from April 2, to prevent question leak, an Education Ministry secretary has said.
“We will increase the number of question paper sets this year so that the tests can be held with another set in case one set is leaked,” Md Sohrab Hossain, a secretary at the Secondary and Higher Education Division, told reporters after a meeting on Sunday to find ways to prevent question leaks.
At the meeting, it was decided that three to four sets of question papers would be prepared for the exams. Each year, two sets of questions are printed for SSC and HSC exams.
On the second change, ministry sources said double packets – one more packet on the sealed packet – would be prepared for question papers instead of one like the previous years.
“Double packets will be made while distributing question papers so the attempt to try to open the packet before the time of the exam can be traced easily,” Sohrab said.
Earlier on February 20, the secretary hinted at bringing changes in the upcoming HSC exams.
At a program on February 23, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid also gave a hint. “There will be a change in the HSC exams. Moreover, major changes will be brought to the SSC and HSC exams to be held in 2019.”
Multiple choice questions of SSC papers were continuously leaked during the recent exam. All attempts by the government to prevent the leaks failed. Many demanded Nahid’s resignation for his failure.
The Sunday's meeting also decided to organize debate sessions at all colleges with the participation of students, guardians and teachers before the HSC exams. In the debates, the views of the participants would be sought to hold the exams properly, sources at the meeting said.
Secretary Sohrab said: “We will organize the debates to raise awareness among the students and guardians about the exams and related issues. The ministry will send directives to all colleges across the country in this regard soon.”
This article was first published on banglatribune.com