A probe body formed as per the directive of the education ministry has identified a syndicate of officials and employees of the Technical Education Board who are involved in leaking question papers of various term exams.
The ministry directed the board to form a probe committee as there was an allegation that the question paper of bookkeeping and accounting (code-5851) under diploma engineering course examination held on June 29 was leaked.
On June 30, the board formed a three-member committee comprising two officials of board and one official from the ministry, and the probe body on July 6 submitted its report to board chairman Mostafizur Rahman.
But, question paper of another subject was also leaked out when the probe body was carrying out investigation.
Sources concerned said that the probe body found proof that the question papers of the examination of bookkeeping and accounting and design of structure held on July 2 have been leaked by officials and employees of the board.
“It seems that the controller, the deputy controller and compose workers of the board are directly or indirectly involved in the question-paper leak,” the report reads.
The probe body observed that the event took place due to negligence of duties, lack of secrecy, security and consciousness and inexperience of the concerned officials of the board.
As the investigation committee suspected employees of confidential section of the board, it recommended transfer of the section on immediate basis.
It was learnt that the board chairman submitted the report to secretary of the education ministry Nazrul Islam Khan on July 8.
Sources said that Khan, after receiving report, asked the board chairman to implement the recommendations by the probe body on an urgent basis.
As per his directive, the board authorities have transferred three of its officials — the controller, the director (curriculum) and the deputy controller —on July 9.
A member of the probe body told daily sun they suspect that such incident of question-paper leakage might have occurred in the past because there is a lack of security in the press of the board.
The committee member said that the questions were composed in February, but they found that soft copies were there in the computers of workers of confidential section even in the first week of July.
“Use of USB port and CD drive is strictly prohibited in the computers at confidential section. But, we found proof that workers randomly use these devices. We also suspect workers of the section leaked question papers through taking its image in mobile phones, having facility of taking photos,” he added.
It was learnt that the probe body quizzed 34 employees and took written statement from 26 of them during the five-day investigation work.
Sources said that the number of workers in the confidential section is 23 and the probe body recommended transferring of all of them along with some other suspected employees of the board.
The committee also recommended starting departmental and administrative actions against those who are involved in leaking question papers, providing official dress to workers of confidential section and prohibiting them to use mobile phones during the work to prevent repetition of such incident.
It can be mentioned that the government prints question papers of JSC, SSC, HSC and equivalent exams from BG press, but the Technical Education Board prints question papers of term exams of various diploma courses from their own press situated inside its office at Agargaon in the capital.
Despite repeated attempts, board chairman Mostafizur Rahman could not be reached for his comment over mobile phone.