|Students write their pre-test exam at Chimenmukh High School in Dhemaji on Wednesday. Picture by Vinod Kumar Singh
Dhemaji, Dec. 4: Hundreds of students writing their matric pre-test in the district were left perplexed on the first day of their examination after they received Assamese paper instead of the scheduled English this morning.
Though the district education office rectified the problem after getting wind of the mix-up, which sources attributed to “packaging” fault by the Dhemaji District Test Examination Board.
“They put the Assamese papers in the packets meant for English papers,” a source said.
Students of seven schools — Chimenmukh High School, Bed’s Matriculation Don Bosco High School, Kasinath Sarbodoy High School, Swami Vivekananda High School, Sili Sarvodoy High School, Shankardev Vidyaniketan and Frontier High School — under the Chimenmukh HSLC centre at Demow, 40km from Dhemaji, had to face inconvenience on the first day of the pre-test.
The headmaster of Chimenmukh High School, Bivikhan Kuli, informed the secretary of the district examination board, Dhemaji, of the problem who immediately arranged for sending the English paper to the seven schools.
Examination in all the affected schools was delayed by around one hour, which sparked resentment among the guardians and students. The mix-up and the delay had repercussion on the Class IX final examination, which was to begin in the afternoon.
Altogether 521 students are taking the pre-test. Matri exams are usually held in February.
The Silapathar unit members of the AASU visited all the schools and burned the effigies of state education minister and chief minister on the main road of Silapathar and demanded a probe into the incident and stern action against the person responsible for the lapses.
Those associated with the district’s education sector said question paper leak and mix-up was not surprising and that the district authorities seemed indifferent to plugging the holes in system.
B. Deuri, assistant inspector of schools, said he had not received any information in this regard but promised to take action.
B. Kuli, officer in-charge of the Simenmukh centre under whose supervision the examination is being conducted in the seven schools, told The Telegraph that the packets were distributed according to the label which clearly mentioned English but the mix-up came to light only after opening the packet.
Dhemaji district, one of the underdeveloped districts of Assam, has 135 provincialised and 65 venture high schools.