Rashmi Ranjan

The annual Matriculation examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) was marred by reports of question paper leak and printing mistakes in question papers. Now, the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), which conducts the Plus 2 examination in the State, could find itself in trouble after answer sheets of several students allegedly went missing.

According to sources, Odia subject answer sheets of as many as 12 students have reportedly gone missing. The incident was reported from Srimaa Mahila Mahavidyalaya in Baripada.

The matter came to fore after the evaluation centre wrote to the concerned college authorities in this regard.

In the letter, the Government Science College, Chhatrapur authorities mentioned that the answer sheets of students bearing roll numbers from 149KA090 to 149KA102 are missing and urged the centre superintendent to take necessary steps for the missing answer sheets.

“We received information from Government Science College that 12 answer sheets are missing. We have searched all over, but in vain,” said Natabara Giri, principal of Srimaa Mahila Mahavidyalaya.

According to the principal, the answer sheets were sealed and handed over to the observer after completion of the examination. Later, the observer took the packets of answer sheets to the hub centre and then they were sent to the evaluation centre via post.

Meanwhile, the development has pushed the students and parents into anxiety.

“They could not even conduct the examination properly. Such carelessness of the college authorities is totally unacceptable. We are tensed about the future of our children,” said Ajit Kumar Das, a parent.

Meanwhile, the council has come up with a clarification that the missing answer sheets have been found and that the answer sheets were mistakenly sent to another college.

On the other hand, the School and Mass Education minister has order a probe into the matter and necessary action against errant officials.

(Reported by Maniklal Pani, Ashok Bramha and Jagdish Das, OTV)