The Dhaka Board HSC examinees took their maths first part exam yesterday, amid allegations that the question paper was leaked in the social media the night before.
Students and parents contacted The Daily Star on Saturday to inform about the leak. Around 10:00pm, this correspondent found some questions on a Facebook page named HSC Exam 2014. After the test was held yesterday, it was found that 18 of the 22 questions matched with those leaked on the page.
The Facebook page and the leaked questions were still available yesterday. The profile picture of the page had "Prashnopotro Fash" (question paper leaked) written on it.
Besides, some students and parents alleged that hand-written copies containing the questions were also available on Saturday, and those were identical to those on the original question paper.
But the board authorities refuted the claims. "The education minister sent five to six copies containing [the allegedly leaked] questions for me to check. Some of them were posted on Facebook pages. I checked those, but found no matches," said Prof Taslima Begum, chairperson of Dhaka Education Board.
"How can I accept it if someone comes to me after the exam and shows me some questions, claiming that those were leaked?"
The examinees will not face any problem as the authorities are taking precautions, she said, urging all not to do anything that creates confusion among the students.
Meanwhile, Buet and Dhaka University students demonstrated before the Central Shaheed Minar yesterday evening, protesting the authority's move to hold the exam even after the leak.
They said even as the question papers of public examinations were being leaked, the government was dismissing it as "rumour".
Nabila Tabassum, an MBA student of DU, described the leak as utter dishonesty. "And dishonesty can never be the key to success and that's why we're protesting."
Naziur Rahman, a third-year student of Buet, demanded that the government bring the culprits to book.
The students will go to the Dhaka Board with "evidence" of the alleged leak today.
Since the exam began on April 3, there have been repeated allegations that question papers of some subjects, including English second paper, two papers of both physics and chemistry, got leaked.
The board had to postpone the English second paper exam following such allegations.
The education ministry and the Dhaka Board authorities then formed two committees to inquire into the leak.
The committees were given 15 days to submit the reports, but they sought more time.
The probe body formed by the ministry is expected to place its report this week.
Some 11,41,374 examinees are taking the exams from 8,104 educational institutions across the country.