This was the case in 18 centers in at least seven districts
Although no questions were leaked in the first SSC exam of 2019, the issue marring the day was the discovery of 2018 question scripts instead of this year’s set in many parts of the country.
This was the case in 18 centers in at least seven districts.
In some cases, people were punished, but the cause of the discrepancy has not been identified yet.
Examinees at four centres in Chittagong received question papers sets of the previous year (2018) for the Bangla first paper exam on February 2.
Officials of the Chittagong Education Board said they received allegations of distributing wrong question papers to examinees.
The education board was unable to give the exact number of examinees affected by the mistake.
Controller of Chittagong Education Board Exam, Mahbub Hassan, blamed respective exam centre officials.
40 students from KK Government Institution, 20 from Girls High School, and 19 from Rampal NBM High School present at the centre, were given question papers based on the previous year’s syllabus.
Additional District Commissioner Asma Shahin confirmed and said the exam controllers were notified of the incident.
The examiners noticed the old structure of the questions and notified the invigilator who failed to take it into account.
At Fakirhat Dimukhi High School, 110 students out of the 665 SSC candidates received the question script from 2018. After the exams, the students and their parents appeared agitated and concerned over the authority’s gaffe.
The local UNO says school Principal Shafikul Islam, who was also the center secretary, has been relieved of his duties and issued a show-cause notice. Shafikul refused to comment on the subject.
The UNO reassured the students, saying their scripts will be separately evaluated.
Numerous students of Khaserhat Syed Abul Hossain School and College found that their Bangla paper 1 questions were from 2018. The 608 students who sat for the exams grew incensed and demanded immediate action. When the centre officers could not resolve the situation, the students shut down the Kalkini-Khaserhat Road to protest for two hours.
Deputy Commissioner Wahidul Islam assured them of taking action. He told the Dhaka Tribune that he has spoken to the students, teachers, exam committee, and the secretary of the center. He discussed the subject with the chairman of the Dhaka Education Board and will separately evaluate the scripts of the students who faced the problem.
About 20 minutes into the exam, students at Atowari Government Pilot Girls’ High School discovered their question script was from 2018. The exam secretary changed the scripts and provided fresh ones to students, which caused a 20 minute delay, barely offset by a seven minute extra time.
The same thing happened in Boda Government Pilot Model School and College, causing students to lose 30 minutes of their allotted time.
To investigate the discrepancy, a committee was immediately formed and told to present a report by the afternoon, which had not been disclosed to the public as of yet.
Panchagarh Additional District Magistrate Ehtesham Reza claimed the fault must lie with BG Press where the questions are printed, packed, and sealed before dispatching.
At Tangail’s Mukul Academy, all 92 candidates found the question script from 2018 instead of 2019. They were forced to sit for the exams with the old scripts, and their parents have filed a written complaint with the local UNO.
Candidates at Gokul Tomirunnesa Girls’ High School, Baghopara Danesh Uddin School and College, Satshimulia High School, and several others found the question script from 2018. After the error was pointed out to the invigilators by the students, the scripts were changed, but it led to a 20 minute delay.
Three exam centers in Cox’s Bazar also presented their students with last year’s questions.