Mrunal Manmay Dash

A Class 10 girl student, Puja Priyadarshini Jena from Jajpur’s Binjharpur block, reportedly could not appear in the annual High School Certificate (HSC) or Matric exams after she was allegedly issued an erroneous admit card by the school authorities.

As per reports, Puja, a student of Nandaraja Girl’s High School, had filled up forms for the Matric exam 2024 that commenced on Tuesday. However, she did not receive her admit card for some reason. On the first day of the exam on Tuesday, she was handed over an admit card outside her exam centre at Singhpur High School by the headmaster.

To her utter surprise, all the information except her picture was wrong on the admit card. Puja alleged that she was given an admit card that belonged to Laxmipriya Jena.

The admit card had the name of Laxmipriya Jena with Puja’s photo on it. It was duly stamped and signed by the headmaster too.

“I came to write the exams. But my name was mentioned wrongly on the admit card. Even my father’s name and mother’s name were also mentioned wrongly on the card. The teacher at the school gate allowed me inside the exam centre and told me that I could write exams with this admit card. But when I entered the exam hall, the invigilator asked my name and did not allow me to write exams saying I do not have my name on the admit card,” complained Puja.

While Puja missed her exams due to the fiasco, it is suspected to be a case of a proxy examinee used to cheat the examination system.

Asked about the complaint, Binjharpur Block Education Officer (BEO) Subash Chandra Biswal said, “I received the complaint at around 11:30 am. It can be a false complaint too. So I have called the headmaster and clerk of the concerned school. I will verify the complaint by matching the names with the admission register. Action will be taken if anybody is found guilty.”