Public hearing on question leak demanded

DU correspondent
Writer Muhammd Zafar Iqbal leads a sit-in at Central Shaheed Minar on Friday in protest at the leak of question papers of public examinations. — New Age photo

Writer Muhammd Zafar Iqbal leads a sit-in at Central Shaheed Minar on Friday in protest at the leak of question papers of public examinations. — New Age photo

Writer Muhammed Zafar Iqbal on Friday blamed the government for the leak of question papers of the ongoing Higher Secondary Certificate examinations and demanded a public hearing to reach a solution to the problem.
Zafar Iqbal, also Shahjalal University of Science and Technology professor, made the demand as he led a sit in at the Central Shaheed Minar in protest at the leak of the question papers.
Despite having evidence of question papers being leaked, the government had rejected the allegations, said Zafar Iqbal, also a member of the committee to frame the Education Policy 2010.
He urged the government to arrange public hearing where prominent academics, teachers, students and guardians would exchange their views to reach a solution to the leak of question papers of public examinations.
He, however, urged the young generation for launching a tough movement against the leaking of question papers.
Zafar was vocal against the leak of question papers of the HSC exams in May. His articles protesting at the leak had been published in different media.
He started sit in at about 8:00am. His wife Yasmin Haque, also a teacher of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, former Jahangirnagar University vice-chancellor of Anwar Hossain, writer Anisul Haque, Liberation War museum trustee Tareq Ali and Bangladesh University of Science and Technology professor Mohammad Kaikobad and students from different institutions joined the programme.
Addressing the programme, Bangladesh University of Science and Technology third year student Naziur Rahman said that some of his university students would hold a week long mass contact programme to raise awareness of the crisis.
If the government fails to take a positive initiative to stop the leak of question papers, the university students would stage sit in again at the Central Shaheed Minar on Friday, he said.

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