Education minister says her ministry has taken stringent measures to prevent the leakage of question papers
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni has said teachers will be immediately sacked and their Monthly Pay Order (MPO) will be stayed if they are found involved in question paper leaking in the upcoming Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations, scheduled to begin on Saturday.
The minister said this while briefing the reporters at her secretariat office on Thursday, reports UNB.
At the time, Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel was present, among others.
Dr Moni assured that there will be no incident of question paper leakage during the exam period.
She said her ministry has taken stringent measures to prevent the leakage of question papers, urging teachers, students and guardians not to pay heed to any rumour.
She said: “The monitoring cell of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will work to stop the spread of rumours.”
She also warned that police will take action if any coaching centre remains open defying government order.
As per the government order, the coaching centres across the country will remain closed from January 27 to February 27, to facilitate the fair holding of the SSC and equivalent examinations.
This year, a total of 2,135,333 students, including 1,070,441 boys and 1,064,892 girls, are expected to appear at the examinations from 28,682 institutions in 3,497 centres.
Of them, 1,700,102 will sit for the SSC examination under eight general education boards while 310,172 for Dakhil exam under the Madrasah Education Board and 125,059 for vocational exam under the Bangladesh Technical Education Board.
The number of total examinees is 103,434 higher than last year's and the number of institutions is 131 up.
A total of 434 students will sit for the examinations from eight overseas centres as well.
The written examinations will continue until February 26 while the practical examination will be held from February 27 to March 5.
Students have to enter the exam venue 30 minutes before a test begins.
Besides, no one except centre secretary will be allowed to carry mobile phone and no outsider will be allowed to enter centres.