The minister urged parents not to respond to rumours regarding question paper leaks
Education Minister Dipu Moni has assured the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent exams test-takers—as well as their parents—that the test questions will not be leaked this year.
The minister remarked this, while addressing the press, during her visit to Dhaka's Siddheswari Girls' College as the HSC and equivalent exams started at 10am, simultaneously, country-wide on Monday.
The education minister said: "The prime minister has given instructions to remove exams till the third grade. Ministry of Primary Education will implement it. We will definitely implement this education policy. It will be executed in phases."
"Strict action will be taken against anyone involved in illegal activities during the examinations," the minister warned. "The law enforcement agencies will remain vigilant."
This year, 1,351,309 students are expected to take the HSC and equivalent exams; among which 664,496 are male and 687,009 are female.
Regarding rumours spreading on various social media platforms the minister said: "Intelligence agencies are monitoring everything. If someone is involved with any misdeed, cheating, or is spreading rumours, strict action will be taken against them.
"I would also urge parents not to respond to rumours regarding question paper leaks as we believe that question papers will not be leaked. A question-paper-leak-free examination is going to be held."
While commenting regarding the coaching centres of the country, Dipu Moni said: "The government has decided to shut down coaching centres across Bangladesh during the entire length of the written examination from April 1 to May 6. Every concerned zila and upazila administration member is on high alert as they monitor that the coaching centres are kept closed during the exam period."