Dhaka, Bangladesh
Question leak menace must stop

Question leak menace must stop

The SSC question leak recently portends such an ominous sign that people, particularly the academics, feel perturbed. It rings the alarm bell throughout the country as the authorities proved their incompetence so far to track down the main hands behind this crime. The leaks continued and all questions of this year’s SSC exams held so far had been leaked. Although the law enforcers have detained some people including a number of teachers and kin of examinees in connection with question leaks the main players remain at large. Their audacity has reached such an extreme that they advertised in face book claiming to have the accurate question papers. Some face book pages and groups had even started advertising before the SSC exams began. Many guardians and social media users vented utter frustration over the repeat of question leak in every public examination. We do not understand why the gang of question leakers could not be arrested earlier when the law enforcers could track down the militants. Is it too difficult to trace where did the leaks originate and by whom the crime is done? The education ministry formed an 11-member committee to look into the matter. Besides, education minister announced Taka five lakh bounty for information on question leak. But these steps are not enough to stop question leaks as the gang seems to be adamant to carry on with their fiendish act as there is no let-up in the question leak. Shut-down of face book or cancelling examinations will be a futile exercise unless the masterminds of question leak are nabbed and exemplary punishment is meted out to them. The experts opine that repeated incidents of question leak during public examinations will bring the country’s education system to a deplorable and disastrous situation if the government fails to tackle it with draconian measures. The widespread question leak is the sign of a society falling sick and the degradation of moral scruples of people. The menace of question paper leak has taken an epidemic form over the last few years. According to media reports, the question papers of at least 80 subjects in PSC, JSC, SSC and HSC exams have been leaked since 2012. But the offenders in most cases went unpunished. However, we think that putting a permanent halt to the technologically advanced cheating should not be a problem for the authorities to combat. The menace of question leak has, of late, taken a serious turn as results are given more importance than teaching in classroom. In order to save the future generation the authorities must take the issue seriously, identify the offenders and ensure harsher punishment to them. We must remember the fact that when education is lost, everything is lost.

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