Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) on Wednesday ruled out re-examanition of Class 12th or HSC English language paper which was reported to have been leaked and circulated on social media, according to some parents, hours before the exam.
The Maharashtra Class 12 or HSC 2018 exam began with the English language paper on Wednesday February 21, 2018. Initial reports said that the question paper was soon viral on the social media about an hour after the exam began. It was however later claimed that the paper to be held between 11am and 2 pm across the state was leaked much before the exam started on Wednesday morning.
The exam paper was first said to have been spotted by students of Vasant College in Solapur district’s Barshi Taluka area, which soon became viral. Locals from the region alleged that the paper was leaked before the exam had started.
“The paper was leaked in the morning itself as I have seen it on my friend’s mobile. We had deleted that immediately, as it was unlawful. We wanted to complain to the police also but we were not sure if the paper was genuine,” an unnamed parent is quoted by the media.
According to reports, a video has also been surfaced on WhatsApp about Wednesday’s paper leak. The video shows some photocopy centres set up in the vicinity of the said college while some people with guides are seen preparing answers of the leaked paper.
The state education board, however, has said that the paper, if at all leaked, was out after the first hour when the exam had already started at the scheduled time. "The paper seems to have been out after the first hour of exam which cannot be termed a leak", MSBSHSE chairman Shakuntala Kale said.
"We have appointed a team that is looking into the matter and in the meantime, we have handed over the case to the cybecrime cell team, who would look into the issue from where the paper was circulated, if at all it was,” Kale said, however ruling out re-examination.
Meanwhile, nine Class 12 HSC students were barred from appearing for the English paper for coming late. The Maharashtra board had announced in November that students would not be able to enter the examination hall 30 minutes after the commencement of the exam, and would not be allowed to leave before the exam was over, with exceptions to be made in special cases. The stringent move was aimed at reducing paper leaks.
“The nine students arrived at their exam centres in Raigad, Pen, Nerul and Vikroli half an hour after the exam began at 11 am. They said they were late due to a delay in trains. However, since they came after 11:30 am, they were not allowed to appear for the exam,” Subhash Borse, in-charge secretary of MSBSHSE, Mumbai division, said while talking to a reporter.
The Highre Secondary Certificate Examination (HSC) is conducted by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) during the month of February and March through its nine Divisional Boards, which are primarily located at Pune, Mumbai, Nashik, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Latur, Nagpu, Amravati and Ratnagiri. The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is an autonomous body constituted under the provisions of the Maharashtra Act No. 41 of 1965. The office of the board at present is in Pune.
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