Class 10 History exam paper leaked on social media in West Bengal

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The Class 10 board examinations in West Bengal have been marred by question paper leaks on social media for the third consecutive day. After Bengali and English, photos of History question papers were circulated on WhatsApp minutes after the exam started on Monday.

Three candidates disqualified for taking photos of question papers

According to a senior education official, three candidates from two schools in Malda district were disqualified for the entire examinations after they were caught taking photos of the question papers using mobile phones that they had secretly brought into the centre. They had tried to blur the unique QR code that was embossed on every sheet of the question paper, but they could not escape detection.

The official said that the board has taken strict action against the candidates and the schools involved in the malpractice. He also said that the board is investigating how the question papers were leaked and who were behind it.

Board president blames some individuals for tarnishing state government’s image

The board president, Ramanuj Ganguly, expressed his concern over the trend of question paper leaks and alleged that “some individuals were exploiting children to tarnish the state government’s image and disrupt the examination process”. He urged “those responsible for such acts” to reconsider their actions, emphasising the potential damage to the candidates’ future.

History question papers of class 10 state board

He also assured that the board is taking all possible measures to ensure the fairness and credibility of the examinations. He said that the board has introduced several security features in the question papers, such as QR codes, holograms, and watermarks, to prevent any tampering or duplication.

BJP leader demands probe by central agencies into the exam system

Meanwhile, BJP leader Shankudeb Panda held a press conference and accused the TMC government of reducing the entire secondary examination system to a farce. He claimed that the question paper leaks were a result of the corruption and incompetence of the state education department.

He demanded a probe by central agencies into the way examinations are being conducted in the state, while asserting that instead of penalising the candidates, the board should punish the officials conducting the examinations at the centres where the incidents were reported.

Over 9 lakh candidates appearing for Class 10 board exams

The Class 10 board examinations in West Bengal, also known as Madhyamik Pariksha, began on February 2 and will end on February 13. Over 9 lakh candidates are appearing for the exams at 2,675 centres across the state. The exams are being held amid strict Covid-19 protocols, such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and sanitising the premises.

The board has also reduced the syllabus by 30 per cent and the exam duration by 15 minutes due to the pandemic. The candidates have to answer 80 marks of questions in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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