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Nahid on Facebook shutdown: BTRC will take steps as it sees fit

  • Published at 05:17 pm January 31st, 2018
Nahid on Facebook shutdown: BTRC will take steps as it sees fit
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will take measures as it deems necessary regarding Facebook shutdown during the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said on Wednesday. “We have discussed the issue of question paper leak with the BTRC. They have told us that they were also going to put other effective measures to prevent question leak during the exams,” the minister told reporters during a press conference at his office in the Secretariat.
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Responding to a question, Nahid said: “We did not ask to shut Facebook down right away. We don't have that authority either. We discussed this issue with the BTRC chairman and other officials, and conveyed our concern [question papers getting leaking on the popular social media platform], asking them how they could help us. Their response have been positive.”
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The SSC and equivalent exams will begin across the country on Thursday, February 1. This year, 2,031,899 candidates are appearing in the exams under 10 education boards. Of them, 1,023,212 are male and 1,008,687 are female candidates. The number of candidates this year has increased by 245,286 compared to last year. In 2017, 1,786,613 candidates appeared in the exams. This article was first published on banglatribune.com