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Odisha Matric Exam Question Paper Goes Viral: Superintendents, Invigilators Of Four Centres Suspended

22 February 2019

Bikash Sharma

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Cuttack: Taking cognizance of the Matric exam question paper going viral on social media, Superintendents and Invigilators of four exam centres have been suspended on Friday.

Addressing mediapersons, Board of Secondary Education (BSE) president Dr Jahan Ara Begum said, while the board had received reports regarding the question paper going viral on social media by 11:45 PM, the truth was established only after end of today's examination at 12:30 PM by scrutinising the paper going viral with the original paper.

As the incident occurred after first part of the paper was over, it was considered as viral question paper and had no impact on the ongoing examination, she added.

Jahan Ara further said that subsequent probe was launched by the Board authorities and it was revealed that the question paper was first made viral from Sudarsan Bidya Bhawan School in Chirulei of Dhenkanal district with the involvement of the Centre Superintendent, Invigilator and students. Disciplinary action such as suspension of the persons involved will be initiated.

While mobile phones had been barred into the examination centres, there has been violation of the norms. Mobile phones have entered the examination hall and photos of the question paper has been taken and sent outside.

A probe on this was conducted with help of DEOs, Collectors and SPs and it was confirmed that such incident has occurred at Karamangala and Gopinathpur high schools under Boden block of Nuapada district. Disciplinary action has been taken against the Centre Superintendent and Invigilator and FIR has been lodged against them.

Reports regarding involvement of Centre Superintendent and Invigilator in the viral incident have also been received from Bandhugram High School in Koraput district and similar disciplinary action has been taken against them along with lodging of FIR as it is a cognizable offence, said Jahan Ara.

It has also been decided that the students found involved in the incident will be barred from appearing the remaining papers in the examination.

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Jahan Ara Begum, President, BSE, Odisha