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Students given wrong paper

Teachers at a south Calcutta school distributed a wrong question paper to 24 Madhyamik examinees on Monday and forced them to answer it ignoring their pleas for the correct one.

The examinees, students at Adarsh Hindi High School in Bhowanipore, had failed to clear the board exam last year. They are to be tested on the bifurcated syllabus introduced in 2012, which means they only have to answer questions on topics taught in Class X.

But teachers at National High School for Boys on Hazra Road, where the 24 students are writing their examination, gave them a Hindi first language question paper meant for those who had failed to clear Madhyamik in 2011. Those who had failed to clear the board exam two years ago are to be tested on the old combined syllabus covering topics taught in classes IX and X.

“Within minutes of getting the question paper, we told the teachers who were invigilating the exam that they had mistakenly given us the combined syllabus question paper. The teachers, however, forced us to answer the wrong paper,” said an examinee.

Under the bifurcated syllabus, there is only one first language paper carrying 100 marks, while under the combined syllabus, there are two first language papers carrying 200 marks. Since the second paper of first language Hindi was scheduled for Tuesday, the 24 students along with their guardians showed up at National High School before the exams. The students, who were also accompanied by their headmaster, sought exemption from writing the second paper of first language Hindi and compensation for being made to answer a wrong paper.

“We regret the inconvenience caused to the examinees from Adarsh Hindi High School. We have submitted a report to the board,” said Mimi Nayar, the headmistress of National High School for Boys.

Kalyanmoy Ganguly, administrator, West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, admitted the mistake and said appropriate steps would be taken so that the 24 examinees do not suffer.