SEBA steps up security after alleged question paper leak
• SEBA increased security at centres after alleged question paper leak
• SEBA officials say that the paper was leaked halfway after commencement of examination
• 150 students from various centres have been expelled till now for using unfair means
• 50 were expelled on the first day itself
• Four invigilators have already been relieved from their invigilating duties
• Evaluation of mathematics paper to begin from February 24
Secondary Examination Board of Assam (SEBA) has stepped up the security measures at High School leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination centres across the state after the question paper was allegedly leaked on the first day of the examination, according to authorities.
SEBA officials informed that one person from Cachar has already been arrested in connection with the case. However, the Controller of Examinations at SEBA, Nayan Jyoti Sarmah, maintained that the question paper was leaked after one and a half hours of the commencement of the examination.
“As per our information, the question paper was circulated after the examination had already begun. So it cannot be called a paper leak as the students did not have access to the examination questions before the commencement of the paper,” said Sarmah.
According to sources, the question paper was widely shared on Whatsapp after halfway through the examination.
Close to four lakh students have appeared in the 10th board examinations which began from February 16.
Sarmah added that now all the district officials have been asked to increase their vigilance efforts and they are hoping that such incidents are not repeated.
Facing controversy on the day of the first examinations itself, the SEBA authorities have since strengthened their security and have alerted examination authorities in all districts to keep an eye on any kind of malpractices used in examinations.
Further an official informed that as many as 150 students from various centres have been expelled till now for using unfair means, with 50 students being expelled on the first day itself.
“Apart from students, four invigilators have already been relieved from their invigilating duties,” said an official.
In added security measures, the invigilators have also been banned from using their mobile phones at the examination centres.
Additionally, following the ‘paper leak’ scare, the authorities have changed the questions of the subsequent examinations.
In a new development this year, the students have also been instructed to use different-coloured inks for core and elective answer sheets.
Further, in order to clear any confusion about discrepancies regarding questions, in all question papers in multiple languages, the English version will be considered as the authentic one, said a SEBA official.
SEBA has set up 852 evaluation centres for evaluating answer scripts for the HSLC examination this year.
For the second consecutive year, the board will conduct digital evaluation of its mathematics papers for which 11 digital evaluation zones have been set up.
“Forty percent of the total answer scripts have reached our godowns and scanning of these papers will begin from February 24,” said an authority.