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Busting question leak syndicate is appreciable; but it's not all

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NEWS media reported that intelligence agency has busted question leak racket where they found nine people including government officials and teachers are involved. In the last five to six years, this organised question paper leak gang struck numerous deals with job and admission seekers in exchange of hefty sums and helped many to cheat their way into universities and jobs. Among the gang members are government officials and schoolteachers. Some others have been recommended for BCS jobs are waiting to be recruited. We congratulate the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for accomplishing a long-due job and simultaneously ask them to find out such rackets involving in the question leaking.
The success of the Intelligence Agency comes at a time when the BCS written exam is underway and university admission tests are knocking at the door. How powerful the gang is can be understood their capacity to leak out question and figure-out that by using electronic devices just 10 minutes before the exams began. The CID officials said they came to know that five of their candidates passed the 38th BCS preliminary exams and are taking the written test that started on Wednesday. Three of them have been recommended for 36th BCS and around 60 to 70 of their candidates made their way into various government and bank jobs. They took between Tk 1 lakh and Tk 20 lakh from each candidate.
The mastermind of the gang Alip Kumar Biswas was an Assistant Director of Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP) who recruited several people in different layers for making his crime success. Alip, a former activist of Chhatra League of Dhaka College, got the job of Assistant Director (admin) at BKSP in 2016 through the backdoor. Police tracked down the gang following a series of arrests since October last year after the CID raided two dormitories at Dhaka University, hours before DU's "Gha" unit admission test last year. At least 37 people were arrested in connection with the leak, two of them Chhatra League leaders. Over the years, question papers of all public exams -- JSC, SSC, HSC, Medical College and University Admission tests, and government banks' recruitment exams -- have all been leaked at some point. The trend of leaking question papers hit a new low with the spate of question paper leaks in this year's SSC exam.
The CID should uproot the entire racket while the court should award them exemplary punishment that nobody would dare to leak question paper in future. Besides the technique of examinations and tests should be modified from time to time but the upholding morality is the best solution.

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