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BCSEA must regain public trust

Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) will not reconduct BHSEC-XII English II examination. That is one of the greatest shockers the nation got in recent memory as BCSEA issued a communiqué to the media houses yesterday. The board has decided to evaluate English II paper and award the marks accordingly.

What to make of this decision from a highly regarded office, we do not know.

Authorities knew of the leakage of the paper on the very day of examination. That was one month and two days ago today. As it should, BCSEA launched an investigation immediately. But its decision to base the validity of English exam result on English I marks was plain senseless and unfair. Public reaction was strong.

After all these events and many moons later, the BCSEA board met for the second time on January 7. But the decision that the board arrived that day, to evaluate English II paper and award marks accordingly, is equally devoid of sense and meaning.

Those responsible for the leakage of the paper should be penalised, severely, of course. What is immensely wonderful is that BCSEA hasn’t yet got to the person who did it when it could get to the first person who sent the first text message on the phone.

BCSEA may have reasons for taking so long to decide on what to do and who to hold responsible. But that is not acceptable to thousands of students and parents who demand fairness in the truest sense of the term. Why is there such a thing as exam if anyone can leak papers and those who do not get the questions beforehand should settle for what marks are given to them?

One full month is a long time. BCSEA must settle on a decision that is fair to all who sat Class XII examinations last year.  It should make sure that there is fairness in all its decisions and actions. Where we have a problem today is in the sherig sector. Let the people not lose faith in the system that holds the pulse of all other sectors.

This is not the first time. Papers have leaked in the past. Whatever happened to those who leaked the papers, who knows? What we urgently need today is stringent measures and mechanisms so that such incidents do not occur in the future.

From whoever and wherever `the directives came from, to base the validity of English I marks for English II, there is a need to achieve complete fairness.

This is the time for the authorities to prove what they are worth. Do not ever undermine people’s intelligence and hard work. This is the time for the authorities to regain public trust.

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4 comments

  1. BCSEA cannot regain public trust unless the investigation is done thoroughly and timely. If the nation is not well informed of its findings and the culprits are not brought to justice, the public trust cannot be regained. Who knows? the BCSEA officials themselves might be involved in the affair if the investigation does not yield any concrete result. Now, those who got the leaked questions are lucky thanks to intervention of the cabinet. When the world is connected by various means of technologies, I could not understand why the cabinet felt that some students would not get information about the reexamination.

  2. There is no doubt that those involved in the paper leakage will be penalized if not reprimanded at least. But what genuine measures and mechanisms is BCSEA undergoing to guarantee that such a type does not happen again. Many teachers, if not all, have the same opinion that BCSEA must come up with certain procedures so that all teachers get equal opportunity to attend obligations offered by BCSEA. Especially for supervisors, evaluators, managers or tabulators, BCSEA gives opportunity to only those teachers who have had opportunity before and claimed to have experiences in these regards. But the question is when shall rest of the teachers get experience if not offered? There are teachers in the kingdom with 15-20 years of teaching experiences but never had opportunity to attend such duties and there are teachers who attend BSCEA duties as their regular jobs. This could be one of the reasons for paper leakage because those teachers who are familiar with BCSEA could have understood heart and soul of the BCSEA system. And of course god knows with rest of the papers. Where is the assurance that rest of the papers were not leaked?

  3. Probably it’s the right occasion for even media in the country including Kuensel to learn a few simple things. A class XII board examination is not a matter of that much concern when dealing with leakage of question papers. There are more important issues to discuss and talk about. These students will face bigger examinations in their future where the nation probably can’t afford to have such issues with questions getting leaked. Let’s welcome the decision of BCSEA and students should always believe in one simple thing…one always get rewarded with what one genuinely deserves. An examination is no end to the learning experience and students should always take it as a challenge to write their examinations honestly and be content with whatever marks he gets rewarded with. Honest and sincere efforts do get rewarded eventually.

  4. What makes it difficult for the BCSEA to find out the culprit for leakage of question paper? If the students who got the questions are identified, ask them from where they got. I think BCSEA is going for the easy option, not for the best one. REExamination is the best option. When the English paper is evaluated as it is, it is so much advantage for the one who got it. I’m really sad that the cabinet interfered in this matter and BCSEA followed what cabinet instructed. What is the use of BCSEA board if the cabinet has the final say?

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