As allegations of exam paper leak continues to mount, the government is considering the holding of recruitment tests with questions printed “digitally” as a trial to deal with the problem.
BDNews24.com Report: If the move is fruitful in May’s recruitment tests for assistant primary school teachers, the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education says it will introduce such question papers in the primary terminal examinations, too.
In the past, questions in job tests and public examinations had been leaked on several occasions.
Introducing ‘Digital questions’ to plug leak of Question Papers in Bangladesh
For a long time, the government press printed the papers that were distributed several days before the tests. However, all that may change soon.
Question papers printed using the ‘digital system’ will be sent to exam centres only moments before the tests, a move, stakeholders say will prevent the leak.
A server designed by Bangladesh’s top engineering university BUET has been set up at the Directorate of Primary Education, and all district-level officials have been trained.
Ministry’s Additional Secretary Jnanendra N Biswas said the assistant teachers’ recruitment test would be held within the first two weeks of May.
He said they would be completed within at least four days. Earlier, they were held across the country simultaneously.
“This examination could be held division-wise or over a five-to-six day period,” he told bdnews24.com.
Biswas added that they would use nine sets of question papers for the tests, one set being printed on the morning of the examination.
Ministry officials say the 80-mark multiple choice test will be held in the afternoon instead of morning.
A committee, led by the additional secretary, would select questions the night before the test through a computer lottery from a set of approved questions.
“If we succeed, we’ll follow the system in this year’s primary terminal examination,” Biswas said.