Telangana: Class 10 Question Paper Leaks For Second Consecutive Day
For the second consecutive day on Tuesday, the question paper for the Telangana X standard (SSC) board exam was found on an instant messaging platform. The incident occurred when a 16-year-old boy obtained the paper from a student who was taking the exam and shared its photo with the student's brother while the exam was ongoing. The state government took note of the incident and issued a warning, stating that severe action would be taken against anyone involved in such malpractices.
According to an official release, a student appearing for the Hindi exam in Hanumakonda district passed the question paper to a friend through a window, who then entered the exam centre by jumping over a boundary wall. The friend took a photo of the paper and circulated it on an instant messaging app. As a result, the paper was soon circulated on multiple groups, leading the authorities to take swift action.
The police conducted an investigation, registered a case, and apprehended the student's friend, along with two others who had shared the question paper on the app. The education department and the police conducted a thorough investigation, which revealed that the incident was a case of malpractice. Consequently, relevant cases were filed, and two government employees, a chief superintendent and a departmental officer, were suspended. The invigilator in question was also removed from service.
The student who shared the paper with their friend was barred from appearing for the SSC examination for a period of five years. However, the police clarified that it was not a case of a leak of the question paper. The incident prompted Telangana Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy to hold a video conference with the Collectors, Commissioners of Police, and Superintendents of Police of all districts, instructing them to be more vigilant and alert to ensure the smooth conduct of the SSC exams.
The minister also directed that strict action be taken against anyone found erring or indulging in malpractices during the exams. Sabitha Reddy assured parents and students that the exams' sanctity had not been compromised in any manner and that the exams would continue to be conducted as per schedule. Additionally, four government staff were suspended in Vikarabad district on Monday after a stand-by invigilator at a government school allegedly took a photo of a question paper during the X standard board exams and shared it with another teacher on an instant messaging app while the test was ongoing.