Following a government directive, the district administration has banned the use of any kind of mobile phone within 200 metres of examination centres in Panchagarh during the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent exams.
While the other duty officials and staff of the exam centre along with journalists will not be allowed to get in with phones before or during the test, only the secretary of the centre will get to use a mobile phone without camera and internet, only for emergency purposes.
Also, those allowed to use phones within two kilometres of a centre during the tests will be monitored.
The decisions, taken in a bid to stop question papers from leaking, were announced at a meeting of the district administration on Sunday.
Panchagarh’s Deputy Commissioner Md Zahirul Islam said: “All coaching centres and photocopy shops will be closed during the exams following the Education Ministry’s directive.”
“... Names of the students who enter exam halls more than 30 minutes late will be noted. And journalists will have to write down their identities in the registers before entering any centre,” he said.
This year, a total of 11,787 students are scheduled to sit for the HSC exams starting from Monday at 22 exam centres in the district.
Security will be high at all exam centres, officials said.
During the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent exams in February, the government had also banned the use of mobile phones within 200 metres of exam centres around the country to prevent question leaks.
But that move, along with several other steps, was apparently ineffective, as questions of almost every exam had leaked.
Amid fears of question papers leaking during the HSC exams, the government is already coordinating Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Comilla, Jessore, Barisal, Sylhet, and Dinajpur education boards, Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board, and the Bangladesh Technical Education Board to set up, perhaps, the most comprehensive preventive measures to date.
A number of measures have already been announced, and others were recommended in the wake of the scandalous widespread SSC question papers leak earlier this year.