SEBA faces flak after news of Science Paper ‘leak’ breaks out
28th February 2017: The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) came under scrutiny again after news of the General Science question paper being leaked came into focus. SEBA defended itself saying that some fraudulent elements were trying to disrepute the educational organization.
While the students were taking the Class X exam, the general science question paper was seen circulating simultaneously on WhatsApp. This happened on Monday, February 27. The question paper was said to be circulated from Assam's Dhubri district which happens to be home to the maximum number of sensitive exam centres in Assam.
Assam Education Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "The rumour of question paper leak is baseless. The exam started at 9 am, and the question paper was circulated through WhatsApp an hour after the commencement of the exam. Anybody can be involved in circulating the question paper as many examinees came out of the exam centre after 10am. The exam process was not affected by this in any way."
An official of SEBA added, "Certainly some unscrupulous elements are hatching a conspiracy against SEBA and the education department. When the examinees were taking the exam inside the examination centres, what was the use of circulating the same paper outside? It is a motivated attempt to drag the board into controversy."
Just recently, SEBA had come under the scanner after wrong question papers were distributed at a couple of exam centres in the districts of Baksa and Hojai in Assam. The two exams had to be rescheduled post this incident.
Currently both the Class X and Class XII exams are underway and will end on 10 March and 20 March respectively.