Problems for Plus Two examinees as well as the Council for Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) seem to be far from over. While the Council is finding it difficult to get its act together in wake of the Physics question paper leak, students are staring at an uncertain future. As many as 77,000 Science students are appearing the examination and the rescheduling of the examinations will only reflect on their entrance examinations for professional courses.
In the wake of lapses in security of the Plus Two question papers, the CHSE has now decided to appoint a district administration-level official as an observer at the examination centres. The observer will oversee opening of the iron chest containing the question papers and seals of the packets containing the question papers would be opened in his presence. Besides, he would supervise secure passage of the answer sheets back from the examination centre to the CHSE headquarters.
These observers would be accompanied by squads from nodal collages. Police too have been assigned to guard the 1,070 examination centres.
With involvement of some residential colleges being suspected in the leak of Physics question papers, the CHSE has also decided to examine the results of these colleges to find out any discrepancy and ascertain their involvement. “We suspect that some of the residential colleges might be involved in the leak of Physics question papers,” said CHSE Chairman GS Ray.
In yet another development, Kalahandi Police on Saturday arrested the centre superintendent of Mahaling Anchalika (Junior) Mahavidyalaya after a CHSE squad and police team found seals of Chemistry question papers tampered. He has been identified as Bijay Kumar Jena.The Chemistry examination that was scheduled for Saturday has been rescheduled after rumours of leak did the rounds.
Demanding stringent measures against those involved in the leak, members of the All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO) staged a demonstration outside the residence of Higher Education Minister Badrinarayan Patro.
Meanwhile, with rumours doing rounds that even the Mathematics and Botany question papers have been leaked, CHSE officials have appealed to students not to believe them. “These rumours are being spread by people to disrupt the Plus Two examinations,” said the CHSE Chairman.