The Odisha School and Mass Education Department on Wednesday ordered a probe into the question paper goof-up that was reported during the ongoing annual High School Certificate (HSC) offline examination at a centre in Cuttack.
School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash directed the department Secretary to inquire into the circumstances leading to the incident and submit a report.
The Minister said stringent action will be initiated against the concerned officials if any lapse were found in the inquiry.
On Tuesday, around 20 regular students were reportedly given the 2014 ex-regular question papers during the offline examination at Board High School in Cuttack. After the faux pass was brought to the notice, the examination authorities took back the papers and gave the regular question papers to the students.
“When we sat in the examination hall today, we were given 2014 ex-regular question papers. By the time we realised the mistake, we had already finished our objective-type questions and started answering the subjective-type questions. The school authorities later gave us regular papers which we were given one hour-- from 12 pm to 1 pm-- to answer” a girl student had said.
An ex-regular student, who appeared in the examination, also alleged that he was given regular question papers.
“I am an ex-regular student, but I got the regular question paper. Many students in my room were also allotted regular question papers. I informed the invigilator after 10 minutes, but the question papers were not changed and we submitted the answer sheets. Initially, the authorities assured us that we will be counted as regular students. However, after the examination got over, they went back on their words and said ‘we will see,” alleged another student.
Dilip Kumar Behera, headmaster of Cuttack Board High School, said, “About 20 examinees were mistakenly given ex-regular question papers. We resolved the issue immediately and changed the questions papers.”
As many as 15,155 students have opted for Class 10 offline examinations after being dissatisfied with the marks awarded to them through an alternative assessment system. The examinations which started on July 30 will conclude on August 5.