Gujarat State Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board red-faced after mini-photocopies of the Gujarati exam paper was discovered from one of the exam rooms at a centre in Dahod On the first day of board examination only. According to the officer, “the students had already started writing the exam at the M&P High School in Dahod when the district collector received a tip-off regarding the papers.”
Sources said “The tip-off claimed that Gujarati papers were taken to another room at the centre. So the team rushed to the exam centre and found one of the rooms locked. When asked for the key, the centre supervisor claimed he did not have the key. When the lock was broken, a photocopy machine, a copy of Gujarati paper and several mini photocopies were discovered,”
DEO of Dahod BM Ninama explained, “The question papers are distributed at 10 am when the exam starts. As per the tip-off received, we came to know that around 10:15 am the question paper was taken to the other room. A team of 11 members were immediately dispatched to the centre. When the room was checked, we found a photocopy machine in the room and there were mini photo-copies of the paper.
Literature of today’s paper was also found. It all happened after the exam started. After proper investigation, further actions will be taken.”
Chairman of GSHSEB, AJ Shah said, “The papers had reached the centre at 9:30 am and the Collector got a tip-off around 10:15 am. The photocopy machine and copies of the paper were found in the room so it is likely that they were trying to solve the paper for some purpose.
An FIR against the exam centre supervisor has been filed. “But the paper has not been leaked.” Amusingly per the board rules, all the photocopy shops within 100-metre border of exam centres should remain close. But the school itself had a working machine on its site. About 33,660 students appeared for the Class 10 exam in Dahod district.
Three dummy students seized:
From exam centres in Patan, Three dummy students were caught. One was taking class 12 (general) Exam at Sarvoday High School, while rest of the Two were appearing for Class 10 exam at Pioneer School, DEO of Patan SK Vyas said, “As per primary information it is likely that those appearing were close relatives of the actual students. We have asked the exam centre supervisor to file a complaint against the students.” A cellphone was also caught from a student in Kalol of Panchmahal.
Ten malpractice cases disclosed:
Six malpractice cases were registered at Kheda, Bharuch, Rajkot, Surendranagar and Patan districts, During the Class 10 examination. Four cases of malpractice from Panchmahal and Patan were reported during HSC (Accountancy) exam.