Prominent educationist and writer Prof Muhammad Zafar Iqbal has said the education minister’s resignation is not the solution to question leaks in public examinations.
Zafar Iqbal made the comments on Tuesday amid public outcry to oust Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid for failing to stop question leak in public exams.
The eminent writer called on efforts to determine how questions are being leaked, adding that the education minister’s resignation is not the solution.
He said these while talking to reporters in Sylhet.
Following leaks of question papers of eighth and fifth graders last year, questions of the school-leaving SSC and equivalent exams have appeared on the social media, especially Facebook, ahead of the tests.
Amid mass criticism, the government had even decided to block internet services during tests to control question leaks, but the plan was reversed hours later.
“Education will mean nothing in this country, if question leaks continue. It’s imperative for the government to stop it,” said Prof Iqbal, who has been vocal against it for the last few years.
Back in 2014, the Shahjalal University Computer Science teacher staged a sit-in against the leaks of question papers in the then ongoing Higher Secondary Certificate or HSC exams.
“The administration had not admitted then that the questions leaked. Now they admit, but are not taking any effective measure,” Zafar Iqbal said on Monday.
On Monday, the government said they will dump multiple-choice questions or MCQ from public exams to tackle the issue.
“We will gradually remove the MCQ section, so there will be no scope for leaks,” State Minister for Education Kazi Keramat Ali told the parliament.