Maharashtra: The leaking of question papers, in any examination, is not new in our country. Barely 5 days after the exams of Higher Secondary Certificate of Maharashtra state kick-started, 5 papers have already leaked. On Saturday, Secretarial Practice and Physics papers got leaked after Marathi on Thursday. The Maharashtra HSC board officials today found that the mathematics and statistics papers for all three streams — arts, science and commerce — went viral on the messaging application at least 30 minutes before the exam.
Police caught a girl student red-handed during the test at an exam centre in Mumbai while she was going through the leaked circulated images in the exam hall. The question is that are the students of Maharashtra HSC Board allowed to carry their mobile phones inside the examination hall? The police immediately informed the centre to lodge a police complaint against her. However, the girl was allowed to write the exam for now, and later on the action will be taken against her depending on the investigation.
The examinations of Class 12th, conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (commonly called SSC and HSC Board), are being held at present. The Class 12th Mathematics and statistics papers for all three streams — arts, science and commerce were scheduled from 11 am to 2 pm, but photographs of three pages of the question paper began to circulate on WhatsApp from 10.30 am.
The state board’s Mumbai division has confirmed the paper leak. The images of the question paper were circulated through the media. The images were circulated at 10.30 am, while the paper was scheduled at 11 am and the papers are handed out to examinees at 10.50 am. However, mathematics and statistics is the common subject for all three streams. Arts and science have the same question paper, while commerce students are given a different paper.
Dattatray Jagtap, chairman of the Maharashtra State Board’s Mumbai Division said, “Both the question papers have come out on WhatsApp, we matched them to the original papers and found that they are the same.” In lieu of the same, the Mumbai division of the Maharashtra State Board has filed a complaint with the Vashi police station, adding to the case against HSC Marathi and the other two papers that were leaked back to back.
Meanwhile, all the exam centres have been issued orders by the Board to make a separate note of students who enter the exam hall late. Late comers will be investigated to check if their reasons for not reaching on time are genuine. On the other hand for the Marathi and Secretarial Practice subjects, no re-examination would be held as the students were admitted inside the exam halls at 10.20 am, while the photographs of the question paper began to circulate after 10.46 am, so “it can’t be called a leak”.
This is the fifth time in a row that the papers have been leaked on WhatsApp. Likewise, Bookkeeping and accountancy have been leaking for the last two years in a similar manner.