Conduct of Corruption Risk Management and Integrity Diagnostic Tool in BCSEA

Upon the request of the Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA), a workshop on Corruption Risk Management (CRM) was organized on 28 August, 2015 at Conference Hall, BCSEA. The workshop was facilitated by the Director General of the Construction Development Board, who has a rich experience in administering CRM, along with the four member team from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). A day long workshop was attended by 18 officials of BCSEA led by the Honorable Secretary.

Alongside the CRM workshop, the team also shared the Integrity Diagnosis result of BCSEA, determined by a set of questionnaire circulated prior to the conduct of workshop. IDT is a tool to assess the health of an organization with respect to integrity measures.

The participants were introduced on CRM processes and worked in groups to identify the potential and perceived risks of corruption in the School Examination Services which was chosen for CRM. The major risk identified during the CRM exercise was favoritism and nepotism in selecting the examination officials, leakage of question papers, conflict of interests in the selection of examination officials and assessment and manipulation of data during result processing and its declaration. Subsequent to the risks identified, its causes were analyzed and strategic measures were recommended for implementation.

The workshop realized the need to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of the existing rules and procedures of BCSEA. It also recommended the importance of centralizing and ICTizing the selection process of examination officials by BCSEA.

The workshop was well received by the participants and conveyed that CRM could be conducted on their own in the future. Till date, the ACC conducted CRM workshops in 27 agencies including BCSEA.