Rashmi Ranjan

While the annual Matriculation examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) is underway, reports of question papers going viral hours before the examination in Bolangir district surfaced on Saturday.

Though the BSE has quashed the reports, students in Bolangir have found similarities between the question paper given at the examination centre and the ones doing rounds on the internet.

BSE President Ramashis Hazra said “Nothing has happened. We have not received any such report.”

“This is the same question paper that we received at examination centre. Most of the questions are same,” a student in Bolangir said while comparing the viral question papers with the board questions.

Echoing similar views, another student said, “The question paper has gone viral because the questions and their serial numbers are same.”

Meanwhile, the Leader of Opposition (LoP) and senior BJP MLA Jayanarayan Mishra raised the matter during the zero hour of the Odisha Legislative Assembly and blamed the State government for poor management of the crucial examination.

The Sambalpur MLA stated that an audio clip has gone viral in which students are being demanded Rs 10,000 per question paper and Rs 40,000 for another four sets of question papers. 

"Is it the way examination is conducted or is it 5T," questioned Mishra while raising several other issues in the Assembly today.

Later in the day, School and Mass Education minister Samir Dash also clarified that there was no question paper leak.

“No question paper was leaked. There was a printing mistake in B-SET question paper today. However, students need not worry as their interests will be kept in mind during evaluation,” Dash said.

(Reported by Manaranjan Joshi and Debashis Mohanty, OTV)