If the very basis on which we test our youth is flawed, then the entire public education system falls through.
While the Bangladeshi education system has glaring flaws in the way it functions, starting from the quality of education provided to the facilities available to the students, the worst may very well be the problem of paper leaks.
Each year, the board exams take place, but they hold little value since, if one is willing, one can easily get their hands on a leaked question paper beforehand.
But that is not all. Cheating is just as common, with the very success of most students depending on the availability of leaked question papers.
What is more disturbing is how organised this system of fraudulence is. There are syndicates in cahoots with willing students and exam centre employees who recruit students into the fold, and find ways of selling the question papers to willing candidates.
These syndicates not only include third-grade employees, but powerful political leaders, all of whom take a cut from the profits being made.
This type of thing cannot be allowed to go on.
Authorities must track down everyone involved and bring them to book. This is a shameful occurrence, one that shakes the very foundation on which our education system rests.
As it is, we have too many problems, from textbooks riddled with errors and sexist narratives, to politically motivated school administrations.
But the organised nature of leaked papers and cheating speaks to the depth of the problem.
The fact that students -- and sometimes even their parents -- are willing to utilise such methods to pass the exams is worrisome. How low has our education system fallen if this is tolerated?