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Education secretary: Cannot prevent question leaks, different exam format from next year

  • Published at 11:22 am February 15th, 2018
  • Last updated at 07:04 pm February 15th, 2018
Education secretary: Cannot prevent question leaks, different exam format from next year
The Ministry of Education has announced plans introduce a new method for the SSC and equivalent exams from next year to prevent question leaks. Sohrab Hossain, secretary at the Secondary and Higher Education Division of the Ministry of Education, told reporters on Thursday: “Under the current system, it is not possible to prevent questions from leaking. We have to develop a new format.” His remarks came shortly after a High Court ruling asking the government to explain why its inactivity on preventing question leaks in the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams should not be declared illegal. Sohrab said: “I myself am working to change the existing method. We will definitely come up with a solution and involve experts with it. From next year, the exams will be held in a new format that will be above reproach.” On whether multiple-choice questions (MCQ) would be scrapped, the secretary said: “Given the circumstances, it is time for us to think how beneficial MCQ has been for our country. The method [MCQ] has been giving us much trouble. We have not made any decision yet in this regard. But I think MCQ is largely at fault for the question leaks. “We have yet to find out the root of question leaks. Investigating officers are hard at work and will hopefully come up with an answer.” Sohrab said the decision of cancelling exams would be taken following the report of the probe committee on question paper leaks. A second panel would be formed to assess the report of the probe committee, he said, adding that measures would be taken based on the recommendations of the body. The secretary said they would comply with the High Court directive and that intelligence officials are also working hard to nab the racketeers of question leaks. This article was first published on banglatribune.com
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