• Monday, Jan 17, 2022
  • Last Update : 03:32 am

SSC exams: Aluminium foil paper envelopes to stop question leaks

  • Published at 06:29 pm January 20th, 2019
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni chairs a meeting of the National Monitoring and Law and Order Committee on the SSC and equivalent exams at her ministry's conference room at the secretariat in Dhaka on Sunday, January 20, 2019 PID

Government has also ordered closure of coaching centres from January 27 - a week before the exams set to begin from February 2

The Education Ministry has decided to send to every examination centre the question papers of the upcoming Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent tests in sealed packets of aluminium foil paper in order to prevent leakage.

“It will be easy to determine whether the packets have been opened [before they reached the exam centre] as these are special envelops,” Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni told reporters on Sunday, after announcing the move that is first of its kind.

She was briefing the media at the secretariat in Dhaka on their decisions regarding the exams, after a meeting of the National Monitoring and Law and Order Committee in the afternoon, reports UNB.

Till now, the question papers were sent to the exam centres in paper envelops wrapped in high quality tape.

The specially-made foil paper envelops will wrap the question papers in such a way that plain sight will be enough to determine whether any envelop has been opened, said the new education minister.

This year’s SSC and equivalent examinations will begin on February 2. The theory tests are scheduled to be held between February 2 and February 25.

The practical exam for Music is slated for February 26, while the other practical exams are scheduled to be held between February 27 and March 12.

Dipu Moni said that those who spread rumours over question paper leak or leak the question papers were already under the government’s surveillance and the Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC) had been asked to take necessary steps in this regard.

She said that the Information Ministry and BTRC’s special cell would work on tackling the rumours, if there were any, which spread via social networking sites including Facebook.

Coaching centre shut down

The education minister on Sunday also said that coaching centres across the country must remain closed from January 27 to February 27 to facilitate the fair holding of the SSC exams.

The move is aimed at preventing any kind of question paper leak during the tests, she said.

Last year, the government in a similar move had shut down all coaching centres three days before the SSC exams amid widespread allegations of question paper leaks.

Like previous years, the examinees will have to enter the exam halls 30 minutes before the tests and no mobile phones will be allowed in the centres, Dipu Moni told Sunday’s press briefing at the Education Ministry office.

She said no one apart from the students and exam related officials and staff would be allowed to enter the centres.

During the exams, no one will be allowed to use mobile phones except the secretaries of the exam centres, said the minister.

She also added that the secretaries would be allowed to use only feature phones that do not have cameras and internet connections.

A total of 2,573,451 students will sit for the SSC and equivalent exams at 4,964 centres around the country this year.

Of them, 2,137,307 students will sit for the SSC tests under eight general education boards; 310,272 students for the Dakhil tests under the Madrasa Education Board; and 126,372 students will sit for the vocational exams under the Bangladesh Technical Education Board.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail