Ministry wants printers under DGFI watch

Siddiqur Rahman Khan

The education ministry has requested the defence ministry to ask the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence to collect information and prepare reports about the people involved in printing of question papers for public exams.
‘The ministry has sent a letter to the defence ministry so that they pass an order to the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence for collecting information and prepare reports in every six months about the people involved in printing question papers,’ the education minister, Nurul Islam Nahid, told New Age in the last week.
Initiative came following widespread allegation of question papers of different public examinations being leaked.
Nearly 80 lakh students need to take public exams in Classes V and VIII and secondary and higher secondary and their equivalent levels.
All the question papers are printed at the Bangladesh Government Printing Press at Tejgaon in Dhaka. The number of total manpower of the BG Press is nearly 600 and nearly 100 of them are involved in printing question papers.
The minister also said that the government had taken an initiative to amend the existing Public Examinations (Offences) Act 1980 stipulating tough punishments for the people involved in the leaks of question papers.
On August 20, an inter-ministerial meeting was held at the education ministry on preventing question paper leak in the public examinations.
After the meeting, Nahid told newsmen that in the existing law stipulated
imprisonment for only four years for the offence.
The meeting also decided to form a monitoring committee to prevent the leaks of question papers in public examinations.
The committee will be formed with representatives from the cabinet division, the public administration ministry, the home ministry, BG Press, the National Security Intelligence, the Special Branch of police and the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence, the minister said.
The education ministry on April 11 formed a seven-member body headed by an additional secretary to investigate the allegations of leaks of question papers of Higher Secondary Certificate exams.
The committee, in the report submitted to the ministry on June 30, found that the question paper of English second paper exam under Dhaka board was leaked.

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