Question paper leaks during public examinations can be prevented with the use of technology, speakers and tech specialists said at an event in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Addressing a round-table discussion titled "Question paper leak crisis: Finding technical solutions" at BASIS auditorium in Karwan Bazar, speakers presented several recommendations on how to tackle the menace of question paper leaks.
“We can use 'Remote Unlock Box’ to prevent question leaks,” said Mir Sharukh Islam, managing director of Bondstein Technologies Ltd.
“This technology has a sensitive alarm. Prepared question papers are locked in this box. If someone opens the box, the alarm will identify the place in the control room.”
However, he said the government had to seriously consider using the latest technology to tackle the current crisis of question leaks. “I do not know whether the problem is growing due to the government's helplessness, negligence, or ignorance. We have successfully used this technology to stop question paper leaks during admission tests at medical colleges for two years. It can be used for other exams too,” he said.
The speakers focused on global and local interventions to stop question leaks and suggested that the government immediately use technical support to prepare question papers for the public exams, cautioning that this problem would not be solved otherwise.
Korvi Rakshand, founder of JAAGO Foundation, said: “The government does not use digital systems, but the criminals do so to leak the question papers before the examinations.”
Poriborton Chai Chairperson Fida Haq said: “There are numerous steps from the question papers being printed at the BG Press to transporting them to the exam centres; the leak can take place at any of the stages of this process. I think we need to reduce the number of steps and use technology to prepare question papers.”
AKM Fahim Mashroor, chief executive officer of Bdjobs.com Ltd, said: “Open-book exams are a good way to verify real merit. The government can easily reduce this crisis by adding this method to all board and public examinations.”
Speakers also recommended using e-exam systems with tablets. They also said the printing facilities can be installed at every exam centre to print out the questions right before the exams.
The discussion was jointly organized by Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum, JAAGO Foundation, Poriborton Chai, and Dhaka University IT Society.