Correspondent

CUTTACK: In view of massive protest by the students’ organizations and parents, the State Board of Secondary Education (BSE) on Friday announced that an inquiry would be conducted into the allegations of “faulty” question papers in the ongoing matriculation examinations.

“If the allegations are found true and on the basis of recommendations of the Examination Committee and Conducting Board grace marks would be awarded to the students”, informed the BSE secretary P.K. Samal.

The BSE sources however, clarified that as the examinations this year was being conducted on an entirely new syllabus and under a new pattern, there could be some glitches in setting the question papers. They said as per the provision of the BSE, the mistakes, if identified would be rectified and the students would be awarded grace marks.

“In no case, the students would be allowed to suffer for no fault of their own”, Samal said urging the parents to cooperate and help the BSE to complete the examinations smoothly. The examinations that began on March 26 would be completed on April 5.

It may be mentioned here that the students and parents have alleged that the questions in History, Mathematics and Sanskrit papers were from outside the syllabus while in Geography, a technical error was witnessed in the question paper.

Irate parents had gheroed the BSE Secretary at an examination center in the city on Thursday protesting against the BSE carelessness in setting the questions and playing with the future of students.

On Friday, several students’ organistaion’s also gheraoed the Board office here demanding that all students should be given grace marks in concerned subjects which had faulty questions. They also claimed that the examinations were not conducted properly in many centers.

The BSE secretary however, indicated that he would look into the allegations and promised that stern actions would be initiated against the erring teachers and invigilators.