CHSE authorities clueless about source of question paper leak

The slur of question paper leak has returned to haunt examination regulators in the State. Thousands of students of Plus Two Science stream will have to write paper-I of their physics paper again on March 25 after leakage of its question paper was detected on Thursday.

Authorities of Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha, which conducts Plus Two examinations, are clueless about source of question paper leak.

Question paper leak came to the light on Thursday when a vernacular Odia daily printed four questions of Physics paper – which was scheduled for Thursday – claiming that it was in possession of the question paper.

Initially, CHSE authorities seemed to be on a denial mode. When pressure mounted on them to verify the claim, those incharge of conducting examinations finally matched questions with original papers and found substance. Initially, leakage of English paper was also reported in local media. But CHSE had ignored the claims.

“We have come across the incident of question paper leak. Preliminary investigation pointed out no safety box was broken open by miscreants for making the question public. It is handiwork of people incharge of keeping questions in their safe custody. A centre superintendent could have connived with frauds to leak the question paper,” said G. S. Ray, Chairman of CHSE, here.

Mr. Ray said, “We have formed squads who would visit all centres in different regions to ascertain the source of question paper leak. The examination committee of CHSE would discuss the incident in detail and take a final decision on rescheduling the examination.”

The issue of question paper leak was also raised by Opposition Congress during zero hour in the State Assembly.

“We will take stringent action against the culprits who would be found responsible for question paper leak. We are taking all possible measures to prevent question papers from falling in hands of miscreants before the examination,” said State Higher Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra.

It needs to be mentioned that last year the annual High School Certificate examination had been postponed by 20 days after report of question paper leak .

The CHSE sources said many private higher secondary colleges in desperate attempt to show better performance were indulging in the illicit act of procuring question papers before its schedule time. These private colleges try to win over centre superintendents in naxalite-hit regions for laying their hands on question papers before crucial several hours of the examination schedule. They take down questions over their telephones.

The CHSE authorities were also suspecting that unscrupulous elements could have made attempts to know questions at its origin – place of printing. CHSE Chairperson said every aspect of question paper leak would be looked into. About 2.90 lakh students are appearing Plus Two Science Examination which began from March 1.

  • It came to light on Thursday when a vernacular Odia daily printed four questions

  • Stringent action will be taken against the culprits, says Minister