Deeper malaise behind question paper leak

Dhaka,  Fri,  22 September 2017
Published : 16 May 2017, 18:30:19

Deeper malaise behind question paper leak

That denial may keep the truth out of people for sometime but not for long is once again proved by the pictorial report on question leak carried in a Bangla contemporary Sunday last. The graphical details of how a section of students, their tutors or aids at the two most prestigious higher seats of learning and even their parents are involved in solving the problems of leaked question papers of Higher Mathematics should rest any doubt about question leak. It is a tripartite alliance that makes leaks of question papers a successful venture! Or, if the candidates and their parents/guardians are separated, the venture is a quadruple affair. Although, the instruction is firm and clear for opening the seal of question-paper package only half an hour before the start of examination, some teachers open it about an hour or so before and take a snap of pages of the questions paper by smart phones. Then they send the content to people assigned for receiving and distributing to students who have university students, usually their private tutors, ready for solving as many problems as they can within the shortest possible time before entering examination halls. 

Hopefully, the education minister and others in authority will not issue any more threat that those found spreading rumour about question leak would be penalised for the offence. In reality, question paper leak or even copying in some examination centres in rural areas is a fact, not fiction. Right from the time the education policy emphasised the need for overvaluation of answer scripts in order to raise the percentage of pass and the number of highest grade achievers, the rot began afresh in the system. When copying in the examination halls could be checked to a large extent, this alternative way was sought to have the ill purpose served. 

Education does tolerate neither dishonesty nor duplicity. All that is left unattended for preparing the ground for quality education ultimately comes back as a boomerang. Or, how can parents dare rebuke the correspondent assigned to collect information on question leak? This exactly was the case. When the photo-journalist who accompanied the correspondent at the scene tried to take a snap of the smart phone displaying the leaked question paper, a few irate parents started rebuking them and even told them they had no right to do so. As if the parents, their wards and the university students hired for solving the problems were doing a noble job!

In fact, the problem lies with society as a whole. Unless the demand for such leaked question papers is created, there cannot be any effort to meet that demand. Sure enough, the temptation may be from the other side as well. But it is not for free. The governing motive is greed and to make as much unearned money as possible in exchange for the nefarious service. And who are involved? None other than the so-called venerable teachers! When teachers, parents/guardians form a partnership to help out students in such a loathsome venture, society must go for soul searching before trading blames.
Editor : A.H.M Moazzem Hossain
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