AASU members burn a Seba effigy in Jorhat on Monday to protest against HSLC question paper leak. Picture by UB Photos
March 26: There seems to be no end to the woes of matric examinees in Assam.
In another goof-up, the leaked general science question papers, which had led to the rescheduling of the exam to today, were distributed in two schools of the state, instead of the fresh set.
The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba), today said whether the general science exam would be rescheduled again or not would be decided in a meeting tomorrow.
The lapse occurred in Hem Chandra Goswami High School at Kamalabari in Majuli in Jorhat district and Bhogamukh High School in Dhemaji district.
The papers distributed at Hem Chandra Goswami High School were packaged and sealed and the 216 examinees came to know of the blunder only after they came out of the centre and compared notes with students from other centres. The question papers distributed in other centres were printed on white sheets of paper whereas theirs were blue in colour. The students then brought the error to the notice of the authorities.
In the earlier goof-up, more than 300 examinees at Samata Higher Secondary School in Nalbari district were caught off-guard when they were given general science question paper instead of social science paper on March 3. The general science exam, which was originally scheduled for March 10, was then rescheduled to today.
The headmaster of Hem Chandra Goswami High School, Guna Tamuly, is reported to have said that he had made a mistake while taking out the set, which had been kept beside the new set, from inside a locked trunk at Kamalabari police station.
Jorhat district inspector of schools Kamal Jyoti Gogoi said he was conducting an inquiry and would forward the report to Seba.
A similar blunder was committed at Bhogamukh High School in Dhemaji. Deputy commissioner M.S. Manivannan said an inquiry has been ordered and the guilty would be punished.
Seba chairman Shantikam Hazarika said the incidents were unfortunate and the board had deputed officials to find out the causes of the goof-ups. “We are sorry that students suffered because of the irresponsibility of some people involved in the examination process,” he added.
Nearly 3.66 lakh students are taking the ongoing matric exam across the state.