A bundle of more than 100 answer scripts of the Madhyamik maths exam were found lying by the roadside at Baduria in North 24-Parganas on Wednesday night.
Ilias Wahidur, a teacher at LMS High School, spotted the bundle when he was cycling back home around 9.30pm. He picked up the papers and, on realising that they were Madhyamik answer scripts, handed them over to the headmaster of his school.
The teacher and the headmaster contacted officials of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education around 11pm and were asked to deposit the answer scripts — there were 146 of them — at a police station.
The police handed over the scripts to the board officials on Thursday.
“We have identified the examiner who misplaced the answer scripts. We will take stern action against him,” said Kalyanmoy Ganguly, the board administrator.
The examiner, Rejaul Islam, a teacher at Sandelbill Madanmohan High School in Hingalgung, was summoned by the board chief to the board’s main administrative office in Salt Lake and interrogated on Thursday.
Rejaul, a resident of Baduria, said the bundle had accidentally fallen out of his bag when he was returning home on a bike after collecting the answer scripts from his head examiner at Hingalgung on Wednesday.
Ganguly said disciplinary proceedings would be initiated against Rejaul and that the board had asked the managing committee of the Hingalgung school to take appropriate action. The maths exam was held on March 4.
Several similar incidents of loss of answer scripts have been reported over the past few years. The school education department had issued an order last year, warning teachers of punitive measures if they did not discharge examination duties properly.