We have written volumes about question paper leaks. Today, we are writing about something equally troubling. Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinees in several centres in four districts were handed question papers based on the old syllabus (2018) as they sat for examinations on the first day of SSC. This is completely unheard of. As per a report published in this paper on February 3, some 600 examinees in Manikganj Daulatpur upazila took an examination with a wrong multiple-choice question supplied by invigilators. Only when some students pointed out the mistake did the authorities realise what had happened but tried to sweep it under the carpet, insisting that examinees had to attend the examination based on the wrong question paper.
It is preposterous that attempts were made to treat students as guinea pigs to hide the gross negligence of the education boards. No student should pay the price for negligence and incompetence of exam controllers. We are informed that in some districts, show-cause notices were issued to invigilators for distributing wrong question papers, and some centres allowed extra time to students to start answering the right question papers.
Regardless, it is a grave mistake and undoubtedly unsettling for the students. The ministry needs to get to the bottom of this debacle since the mistake took place at the respective board offices. We expect a thorough investigation into the matter and those guilty of supplying the wrong sets of question papers need to be taken to task so that there is no repetition of this.