The authorities will also monitor mobile banking services to stop any unusual transactions
All social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp will be kept under strict surveillance during Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations set to begin on November 14.
The decision was taken at a meeting with the law enforcement agencies on security measures to be taken for the SSC exams at the Education Ministry on Wednesday.
According to the sources, strict surveillance will be in place on social media a week ahead of the SSC examinations.
Ministry officials and law enforcers will monitor social media so that no one can leak question papers or spread rumours. The authorities will also monitor mobile banking services during the exams.
If any unusual transaction is noticed, the account will be shut and scrutinized while every suspected account on Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp will be monitored.
Education Minister Dipu Moni said that legal action would be taken against anyone who interrogates and tries or spreads such rumors during exams. If anyone is found guilty, he or she would be brought under the law.
Earlier in the day, the minister said all coaching centres in the country would remain closed from November 8-25 ahead of the exams.
The exams will take place at 3,679 centres across the country.
This year, a total of 22,27,113 students from 29,065 educational institutions have registered for the exams.
The government has decided to hold the examinations with shortened syllabuses, on three elective subjects based on groups, as the SSC and the HSC examinations could not be held as scheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Of the examinees, 18,00,988 are sitting for the SSC exams under eight general education boards, 3,01,887 for Dakhil exams under the Madrasa Education Board, and 1,24,288 for vocational exams under the Bangladesh Technical Education Board.
The number of examinees in 2021 rose by more than 1,79,334 compared to 2020, when 1,024,363 boys and 1,023,416 girls from 28,884 educational institutions participated.
The government reopened schools and colleges on September 13 following an improvement in the Covid-19 situation.
Last year’s HSC examinees were evaluated on the basis of results in the JSC and SSC exams, a decision which received mixed reactions.