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Regular question leakage: People reluctant to give info in fear of harassment

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Md. Joynal Abedin Khan :
The common people are reportedly reluctant to provide any information about leaking of question papers of the ongoing Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations to authorities concerned in fear of unnecessary harassment by law enforcing agencies.
Many people, including examinees and guardians, have claimed that most of the question papers are regularly leaked between two and ten hours before the examinations start. On the other hand, police claimed that questions are leaked just 30 to 40 minutes ahead of the exams. 
Meanwhile, the guardians have expressed deep frustration as the government and the law enforcers have failed to show any kind of step to check the leaking of question papers, which matched word for word with the original ones. This definitely determines what will the future educational fate of more than 20 lakh examinees of this year.
Seeking anonymous, some guardians, examinees and private tutors alleged that question papers reached their hands through messengers, whatsup, facebook and some other online media after paying Tk 100 to 2,500 to the concerned organized gang of question leaking.
They also claimed that they got Mathematics, Physics, English Paper-II about five to ten hours before the exams start while they received other subjects' questions about an hour earlier.
The question suppliers have repeatedly ensured the accuracy of leaked questions with the original questions a few days ago and that turned into true finally in all examinations since February 2. 
In this situation, many examinees and guardians alleged that cops and education board staff are involved with questions leakage.   of step to check the leaking of question papers, which matched word for word with the original ones. This definitely determines what will the future educational fate of more than 20 lakh examinees of this year.
Seeking anonymous, some guardians, examinees and private tutors alleged that question papers reached their hands through messengers, whatsup, facebook and some other online media after paying Tk 100 to 2,500 to the concerned organized gang of question leaking.
They also claimed that they got Mathematics, Physics, English Paper-II about five to ten hours before the exams start while they received other subjects' questions about an hour earlier.
The question suppliers have repeatedly ensured the accuracy of leaked questions with the original questions a few days ago and that turned into true finally in all examinations since February 2. 
In this situation, many examinees and guardians alleged that cops and education board staff are involved with questions leakage. 
The law enforcers detain several dozens of people, including teachers, examinees, and guardians, in the capital and several districts in last few days. But not a single person provided any information to police to detain the culprits, although many common people are well known their whereabouts.
Even they are refrained to get the bounty earlier announced for giving information about the culprits in fear of harassment by law enforcers. They remained silence due to lack of confidence on law enforcers.
"I got the mathematics question around 11:30pm on February 9 on my mobile phone along with the answers while the examination was held on Saturday morning as per exam schedule," an SSC examinee of Bangladesh Bank High Scholl, Faridabad Branch, Old Dhaka, told The New Nation.
A private tutor wishing not to be named said his tuition student gave leaked questions every day of examination and he solved the questions regularly with his messmates that matched the genuine questions.
Expressing her frustration, a guardian from Kamlapur area said that his son lost interest to take preparation for examination as he gets question before exam by paying Tk 200 to 2,500. 
On-duty invigilators also allegedly overlooked several incidents where students kept mobile phones with them in exam halls that proved the law enforcers' negligence of duty in examination halls.
Amid widespread allegations and anger over the continued question paper leak, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on February 4 declared a Tk 5 lakh bounty for catching those involved in question paper leaks. The ministry also formed an 11-member committee to probe the alleged leaks.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has told the New Nation that they need more time to nab the culprits who are involved with question paper leakage.
State Minister for Technical and Madrasa Education Kazi Keramat Ali has claimed, "There are around 4,000 exam centres in the country. Some dishonest teachers take pictures of question papers just before the exam starts and upload them on Facebook to embarrass the government.
Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam, an educationist said, "I fear that question paper leaks will become normal. This is a failure of the Education Ministry, administration, law enforcement agencies, and even families."
Afsan Chowdhury, a noted right activist said, "This government is successful in finding out dangerous militants but they are not able to find question leakers.
Genuine question papers of SSC examination were leaked only 30-40 minutes before eams begin, claimed Abdul Baten, Joint Commissioner of Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
In a query, he rejected the allegation of negligence of duty and involvement of law enforcers with the question leakage. They (police) are trying to arrest the question leakers.
 

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