Odishatv Bureau

Cuttack/ Bhubaneswar: Concerns are now being expressed on the existing security measures adopted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) after pictures of matriculation question paper went viral on social media on the first day of the examination today.

Surprisingly, the photographs of first language (MIL) subject were doing rounds on WhatsApp while the examination was underway.

The incident came to light after pictures of the question paper started circulating on WhatsApp in Aul area of Kendrapara district this morning which later went viral across the State.

However, School and Mass Education Minister Badri Nayan Patra after conducting a preliminary inquiry ruled out question paper leak and advised students to appear the examination confidently.

"It is not question leak rather it is a mischief to disturb the examination process and create panic in the minds of the students," said Patra.

Senior BSE officials on the other hand claimed that adequate measures were undertaken to restrict the entry of mobile phones in examination centres.

BSE President Jahan Ara Begum stated that only the centre superintendents are allowed to take mobile phones to the examination centres.

"Clear instructions were issued to center superintendents regarding entry of mobile phones. If any violation is detected stern action will be taken against center superintendents," said Begum.

As many as 6, 08,031 students appeared for the  matriculation examination which is being conducted at 2,818 centres across the State.