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08th-Feb-2018       
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LIKE in Bangla first paper, allegations of question paper leak surfaced in Bangla second paper of the Secondary School Certificate examinations held on February 3. This time too the section for multiple-choice questions (MCQ) of "Kha" set was allegedly leaked and was doing the rounds on different Facebook pages around 45 minutes before the exam started at 10:00am.
The leaked questions matched those in the actual test paper and went viral on social media sites and messenger groups, a number of guardians alleged. A Facebook account with the name Tusher Shuvro [in Bangla] uploaded the MCQ questions of "Kha" set on a facebook page around 9:15am with answers written on a white sheet of paper.
After the exam ended, the same person posted a status asking if the leaked questions were actual or not. Many replied that those exactly matched with those in the test. In the comment section, some respondents even made requests to leak the questions much earlier as they had missed it this time. There were also requests to leak the questions for upcoming English exam.
Some Facebook pages and groups claiming to have the accurate question papers for the exams even started advertising before the SSC exam began. A Facebook page advertised on January 30: "Those who took question papers last year know those matched exactly. This year also, by the grace of the Almighty, I am giving you assurance of selling question papers with 100 percent common."
Earlier, images of the "Kha" set MCQ questions of Bangla first paper went viral on Facebook before the exam began and many of the questions matched with those in the actual test paper. Many guardians and social media users vented frustration over the matter of question leakage repeatedly in every public examination.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid had previously told the media that exams would be cancelled as soon as the leaks were proved. It is blindingly clear that he alone is incapable of bucking the  entire system which is corrupt. Whether he cancels exams or holds new ones the chances of leaks remain omnipresent.
The opposition lawmakers already demanded immediate resignation of Education Minister for his failure to stop the menace of question paper leak in public examinations. We hold no ill will towards Mr Nahid, but it would be better for a more proactive Minister to be in place. Putting a stop to the technologically advanced cheating methods should not be a problem for another Minister.

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