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Caught cheating? Blame ‘tricky’ paper

Guwahati, Feb. 24: A “tricky and tough” general science paper led to the expulsion of nearly a hundred students appearing in the ongoing matric examination.

Examinees were caught red-handed while cheating under CCTV surveillance. For the first time, the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba) has installed CCTVs at 100 examination centres to prevent cheating.

The board has admitted that the number of expulsion on a single day was “very high” and that it had received complaints about the paper being on the tougher side.

Most of the examinees appearing in the matric and Assam high madrassa examinations have complained that the general science questionnaire on Friday was “too tricky”, forcing them to leave many questions unanswered or resort to unfair means.

Many students told this correspondent that four to five questions were “very tricky” and most students opted not to attempt them.

Seba secretary Dayaram Rajbongshi told The Telegraph that the question paper was not tough but tricky. He said the board has deliberately set such question paper to evaluate whether students have really understood theories and concepts of science. He said such questionnaire couldn’t be an excuse to cheat.

Rajbongshi said the questionnaire might be tricky for many students who solely depend on notebooks and model question papers available in the market.

He said for examinees, who had studied the original textbooks of science thoroughly and know the basics properly for fundamental theories, the questionnaire was not very tough.

“Seba does not want to produce parrot learners. The board is aiming to enable them to compete at all-India examinations and so decided to put the questionnaire in a tricky style to test the examinees’ real talent. We had been able to catch a good number of cheaters on Friday because of strict vigilance this time,” Rajbongshi said.

He said for the first time many deputy commissioners are visiting examination centres and Kamrup DC S.K. Roy on Friday visited Saniyadi centre to ensure fair examination.

Nearly four lakh students are sitting for the examination conducted by Seba. Out of 100, the theory paper of general science carried 80 marks while 20 were for practical examination.

Anamika Nath, another examinee, however, said unlike previous years the questions were not common this time.

“The paper was set for above average students and the pattern of the question paper was different from previous years. It was a paper that could have been solved only by students who have studied every concept in the textbook,” said a science teacher at a leading Guwahati-based school.

Rajbongshi said strict vigilance at the examinations would continue for the rest of examination days.

Seba has already been asked by Dispur to even suspend the entire examinations in centres where cheating is detected.


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