Xasir Youssaf: The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations of 2018 under 10 education boards will begin across the country today amid tough measures taken to check question paper leakage and other malpractices in the examinations. The authorities concerned have taken stern measures to check question paper leakage in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations scheduled to begin across the country today. “We have taken stern measures and sealed off all loophole s to stop question paper leakage in the HSC examinations,” Dhaka Education Board Chairman Professor Muhammad Ziaul Haque said yesterday. Alongside taking strong security measures, he said, the government has developed some innovative systems including introduction of lottery to choose question sets and special security envelope so that the question papers are not leaked. Prof Ziaul said, “Question sets will be fixed by lottery 25 minutes prior to examinations in a bid to check leakage. A section of dishonest persons were the advantage (of leaking question papers) when a question set was fixed for a particular exam.” A total of 13,11,457 examinees from 8,864 educational institutions will appear in the examinations this year. Of them, 6, 35,697 are male and 5,47,989 female, said officials of the Education Ministry. Besides, 299 students will appear in the examinations from seven overseas centres. All the examinees have been asked to take their seats in the examination centres 30 minutes before the examinations begin.