PATNA: A model question paper for matriculation examinees released by Bihar State Education Board (BSEB) left both students and teachers shocked as it was riddled with typos – 79 errors in 10 pages.
With BSEB having announced an overhaul of its question pattern for the matriculation and intermediate examinations by including 50 per cent objective questions in all papers, the model question paper was eagerly awaited. But the Hindi model question paper for the matriculation examinations, starting in February 2018, came as a disappointment for many.
For BSEB, which is still reeling under the infamy caused by last year’s toppers’ scam in intermediate examinations and the mass cheating reported in previous years, the errors in the model question paper caused massive embarrassment.
Page 1 of the model question paper contained as many as 13 errors. Page 3, 4 and 5 had 10, 12 and 18 errors respectively. Most of these errors were found in the objective-type questions of the model paper, which was uploaded on BSEB website on Wednesday.
The spellings of simple and familiar words such as ‘shehnai,’ ‘rastriyata,’ ‘Rajasthan’ and ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ were found printed wrong. Even in the multiple-choice questions, some options were also repeated.
Besides, at least three questions were from outside the syllabus, indicating that little thought and supervision went into the preparation of the model question papers by BSEB, alleged teachers.
After an outcry over the errors, BSEB authorities removed the controversial question paper from the website late on Wednesday night. BSEB chairperson Anand Kishore said a new and error-free model question paper would be prepared and uploaded soon.
“The errors were caused apparently because of a missing font in the computer on which the Hindi model question paper was typed,” said Kishore, adding that he has ordered a probe to ascertain how the question paper was prepared and who supervised it.