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Unholy nexus behind question paper leaks

WT24 Desk
Coaching centres and government employees have been part of a big nexus in leaking question papers prior to all the public examinations, reveals a new study of the Transparency International Bangladesh.
The study says it is quite impossible to leak question papers unless a section of the government employees, who are deployed in printing and distribution of question papers, are not involved, reports United News of Bangladesh.
Revealing that officials of Primary Education Directorate, education boards, BG Press as well as local administrations have reportedly been involved in question paper leakage incidents, the TIB study found that student wings of ruling party, coaching centres, guidebook traders, photocopy shops, applicants and sometimes guardians play active role in circulating the leaked question papers.
TIB deputy programme managers (research and policy) Nihar Ranjan Roy and Rumana Sharmin revealed the findings of the research at a press conference held at its office in the capital on Wednesday.
The anti-graft body conducted the study tiled, ‘Question Paper Leakage in Public Examinations: The Processes, Reasons and Way Forward’ during January to July 2015, aiming to identify the processes and reasons behind the question paper leakages and to provide recommendations to check it.
TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman, its deputy executive director Sumaiya Khair and director (research and policy) Mohammad Rafiqul Hasan were present at the press conference.
The research shows that there were a total 63 allegations of question papers in the last four years (2012-15). Despite taking some measures after the allegations of question paper leakage surfaced, the authorities concerned repeatedly ruled out all these allegations.
As the authorities concerned have a tendency to refuse the allegations of question paper leakage and did not make probe reports to public after conducting investigations into the allegations, the study says, the incidents of question paper leakage continues, deteriorating the country’s education sector.
The leaked question papers were being sold at a range of Tk 20-20,000 while social media have been used to circulate it.
Iftekharuzzaman said leaking question papers has emerged as a ‘growth industry’ in the country where a section of government employees are involved.
‘Coaching centres and guidebook traders are also involved in it,’ he said adding about Tk 32,000 crore is being exchanged in coaching trade in the country each year, quoting education minister Nurul Islam Nahid as saying.
The study recommended amending the government’s existing policy on coaching centres to impose restriction on coaching trade and to increase facility to teachers to ensure education-friendly atmosphere in schools, colleges and other education institutions.
It also suggested strengthening monitoring on use of ICT and bringing offenders involved in question paper leakages to justice.

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