Bengal Education minister refutes 'rumours' of Class 10 paper leak
West Bengal Education minister Partha Chatterjee Wednesday said some people were trying to disrupt the class 10 board examination and tarnish the image of the state by circulating purported images of question papers on Whatsapp as 'leak' and ruled out any cancellation. A total of 10,66,000 students are appearing in the class 10 examination being conducted by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE). The examination started on Tuesday with the Bengali paper.
Asked about reports of Bengali and English question papers circulated on Whatsapp, Chatterjee said "images of question papers are being shared on Whatsapp for successive days which can only be interpreted as attempts to disrupt the ongoing class 10 board examination. This is a deliberate attempt to malign us."
Asked if the circulation of images, reportedly having originated in districts, can be interpreted as 'question leak', Chatterjee said "if someone clicks a photo half an hour after writing the paper can that be termed as 'question leak? A question leak is called so if the question comes out before the commencement of the exams." Chatterjee categorically said there was no question of holding the exams again. Requesting media to come forward with the number from which they have received the purported images of question paper on Whatsapp, Chatterjee said, "this will enable us to track and tap the source."
Pointing out a ban on taking mobile phone inside the examination centre by both the students and teachers remains already in force, Chatterjee said, "However, we will enforce stricter check and if any candidate is found carrying any electronic gadget inside the examination hall, he/she will be prevented to sit for the rest of the examination." The minister said he has asked the President of WBBSE to refer the mobile number from which the purported question paper images have been forwarded in the police complaint to ensure "we can get to the bottom of this."
The minister said he has sought reports from the WBBSE about the circulation of question paper images on successive two days and asked District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police to keep a tab on the situation. The WBBSE on Tuesday lodged a complaint with cyber crime cell of police against unknown persons for sharing a purported image of Bengali question paper.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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