Confusion over copies of HS Bengali paper circulated virtually

Examinees agitate at three venues in Malda & N Dinajpur
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27 Mar 2018

Controversy erupted as copy of Bengali questions went viral through whatsapp after the higher secondary (HS) examinations commenced today. Although West Bengal council of higher secondary education (WBCHSE) officials and district inspector of scools – secondary education (DIS-SE) assured to look into the matter, a section of examinees and guardians said such incidents on the first day of HS examinations might affect their performances in other papers.
It has been learnt from sources that question paper was distributed among examinees at 10 am today. At 11.20 am a section of guardians, whose wards were writing papers in examination-venues in Kaliachak alleged that they received copies of question papers through whatsapp. In moments those copies were circulated from one mobile phone to another.
However, the officials of the district education department claimed that the incident could not be termed as leakage of question papers as those copies were found nearly one and a half hours after the examinations commenced.
The copies of question papers circulated through whatsapp after the examinations commenced would be tallied with original question paper, they said.
WBCHSE officials too, believe that it could be interpreted as leakage of question paper. “In case the copy that was circulated virtually found similar with original one, it would be seen whether it was done mischievously by some of the examinees while being at toilet during examinations,” a senior WBCHSE official said.
DIS-SE Tapas Biswas said that the matter was being looked into.
Meanwhile, HS examinees agitated at three separate venues in Malda and North Dinajpur districts on different grounds.
Guardians alleged that gates of Chandrabati Saha Vidyapith where 529 examinees from Gazole Shyamsukhi girls’ school and Ramchandra Saha Vidyapith wrote their papers were opened just 15 minutes before commencement of examinations. They also alleged that question papers were distributed at least 10 minutes after the scheduled time.
A section of examinees from Mohammodia high madrasah demonstrated at Noi Mouja high school in Kaliachak after the examination was over alleging the invigilators were ‘too strict.’
Examinees from Dhankoil Laxmidevi high school had a tough time as they learnt at the last moment that their examination venue would be Milanmayee high school instead of Sarala Sundari high school. They blamed their teacher-in-charge for misleading them about examination venue. Police personnel eventally helped those examinees to reach the actual venue. TIC of Dhankoil school, however, passed the buck to centre-in-charge.