As many as 60 fake examinees from two institutes have been expelled during Primary Education Completion (PEC) examination in Rajshahi on Sunday.
Mathematics exam was held from 10am to 1pm on the last day of PEC exam. Upon suspicion, the exam authority interrogated 98 students of Koyerdara Urban Slum Ananda School and Malda Colony High School.
During the questioning, 60 of them confessed to receiving money to attend PEC exams from the two schools. After that, teachers also confessed that they hired the fake examinees keep getting funding from a government project.
Mahfuza Nasrin, principal of the exam centre, Rajshahi Cantonment Public School and College, said she informed the teachers to keep an eye on the students as she became suspicious observing the behaviour and the physical growth of the students.
"On Sunday, one of the examiners finally noticed that there's no picture in one of the examinees' admit card. Upon questioning, she told that she was a student of class 7 and that she was hired to participate in the exam as Ananda School had very few students," Mahfuza added.
Abdus Salam said these two schools operate under the Reaching Out-of-School Children (ROSC) project of the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education. They have done it fearing that the projects might shut down due to having fewer students.
District Primary Education Officer Abdus Salam said that the authority will also file an official complaint with the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education in Dhaka to take action against the teachers of the two schools for their alleged involvement in enrolling fake candidates to attend PEC examination.