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BSE exam: probe ordered into rule violation charge

Correspondent

Board in another trouble?

CUTTACK: Stunned by media reports that rules were bent to accommodate the state Board of Secondary Education (BSE) president’s son to appear for an examination at the last moment, the BSE on Saturday handed over the matter to the State crime branch police for probe.

“We have requested the crime branch to investigate into the case and the culprits will definitely invite harsher punishment,” said BSE Controller of Examination A.S. Bhol. It may be recalled that the crime branch police is still probing into the last year’s matriculation mark forgery case involving the then state school and mass education minister’s son.

The fake mark scandal issue had rocked the State in June last year for which the minister Bishnu Das had to put in his papers and three BSE officials were sent to jail. While the BSE was recovering from that shocking incident after its office was paralysed for nearly two months, the recent development involving the BSE president Arun Kumar Samantray—a senior IAS officer, would once again put the board in some deep trouble.

Late submission

According to reports, Samantray’s son Anjan reportedly filled his application form for the Language test in Oriya conducted by BSE just a day before the examination was held on May 18. While the last date for sending the complete application form to the Board was on April 30. His application form was, however, rejected by the scrutinising staff but following orders from the examination committee, Anjan was allowed to sit for the test.

This test is conducted by the BSE twice in a year to check the language proficiency of the candidates who have studied in English medium schools. It is essential for the English medium school students to pass the examination in order to apply or seek a government job in the State.

While the BSE president’s son was allowed to sit for the May 18 examination after filling his form on May 17, he has surprisingly secured the highest mark (61 out of 100) among all the 69 students who took the test from the Cuttack zone. It was also alleged that several other candidates who had sent their application forms much before the deadline, they were not allowed to take the test.

One Asutosh Rath of Talcher had sent the complete application form with requisite fees to the Board on April 24. Although, his application reached the Board office on April 29, Asutosh was not allowed to take the test whereas the BSE president’s son was given the nod even as he submitted the application on May 17.

“The decision to allow the president’s son was taken by the BSE examination committee and we have no role in it,” said BSE secretary P.K. Samal, a senior OAS officer.

When contacted, the BSE president also denied his involvement in the entire episode.

“I have no role in this matter. The examination committee allowed my son to appear for the test”, the senior IAS officer said. Now that the matter has been handed over to the crime branch, let’s wait for its findings, he added.

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