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12:00 AM, May 25, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 25, 2018

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A broken backbone

We know that education is the backbone of a nation. But sadly, in our country things don't quite go as said. The 2018 HSC examination were no different. During the Biology 1st paper exam, a number of examinees of different schools were handed the wrong question paper. The set-C question paper contained questions that were outside of the syllabus. As every school was provided with a limited number of question papers it wasn't possible to exchange faulty ones with the correct ones. Although the students instantly realised the problems in the question paper, it took almost 20-30 minutes to arrange extra questions for those students.

Such incidents not only shake the confidence of the examinees but also affect their grades drastically. In a curriculum like ours where the GPA of SSC and HSC exams are very important for admission to higher studies, such careless actions by the authorities hurt students and their families as well. In my opinion, the mentioned incident did not gather the attention it needed. That such an incident happened once doesn't mean it's not going to be repeated. Although question leaks could be stopped during the exam, other problems may arise at any time if strict and effective measures are not taken immediately. Personally, I would not want myself, my friends or anyone else to be in such a crisis. I would not want a broken backbone for my nation. 

Nahian Tasnim

Dhaka  

 


The obsessive yaba trade must be checked

The number of people taking yaba is now becoming an alarming figure in our country day by day. The use of yaba in Bangladesh is growing at an enormous pace. In many places it is being sold openly. 40 million yaba pills were seized by different agencies in the last year; almost 6,000 crore worth of yaba is sold in the country every year.

Many of the drug lords are powerful leaders, that's why they are beyond reach. No laws and rules can check them. More alarmingly, in recent times some police have been found to have links to the yaba trade. Destructive drugs are creating tragic cases and must be checked by rigorous laws.

Naeem Ariyan

Dept. of English

University of Chittagong

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