SEBA denies question paper leak - orders internal probe
Year after year, the State board exams have been mired in some form of controversy. Despite installing CCTV cameras, banning mobile phones and imposing CrPC Sec 144 across the examination centres, the Class X state board examinations were far from perfect this year.
The distribution of wrong question papers at two examination centres at the Baksa and Hojai has led to the leak of the social science and modern Indian language (MIL) paper. The SEBA board convened an emergency meeting and decided to conduct the Social Science exam on March 8 instead of February 23 as scheduled earlier. The MIL (Assamese) paper will be reset and the exam will be conducted on March 7 as scheduled.
"No question papers have been leaked. Social science and MIL question papers were wrongly brought for distribution among the students at Morajhar and Barimakha examination centres, but the mistake came to light when the concerned officials went to open the packets containing the question papers. None of the packets containing the wrong question papers were ultimately opened," said controller of examinations at SEBA, Nayan Jyoti Sarmah. The board has instituted an internal probe into the incident.
However, with the news of the alleged leak, several organization stood up in protest across the state. The All Assam Students' Union (AASU), the National Students' Union of India (NSUI), the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU), the Students' Federation of India (SFI) and other student and youth organizations hit out at Seba and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for the debacle. The student organizations have demanded a thorough probe of the incident to punish the guilty. Sources in SEBA said that an external party is involved in carrying the question papers, and thus only a probe can unearth the reasons behind the mistake.
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