Steps have been taken to stop the leak of question papers during the upcoming HSC examinations, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Joint Commissioner Sheikh Nazmul Alam said on Wednesday.
The commissioner was speaking at a round table discussion titled the “Obligation to Stop Question Leakage” under the banner of the Crime Reporters' Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU).
Nazmul Alam also said: "This time, tighter security measures will be taken during the printing and distribution of question papers."
The DMP joint commissioner also urged the authorities concerned to bring about necessary changes in the system to stop question leaks during public examinations.
Mentioning that the question papers are still packaged manually, Nazmul underscored the need for digitizing the Bangladesh Government Printing Press (BG Press).
"Unless this is done, a chance exists for dishonest staff members to memorize questions and leak them after returning from the press," he said.
He also suggested that question papers for public examinations not be printed from the BG Press until it is digitized.
Nazmul also insisted on amending the Public Examination (Offences) Act - 1980, as the law limited the scope for punishing offenders properly.
Textbook expert Mamtaz Latif, Lion MK Bashar, Chairman of Cambrian Education Group Ziaul Kabir Dulu, President of Guardians Unity Forum also addressed the meeting, which was conducted by CRAB Organizing Secretary MM Badsha.