HSC paper leak was 'a case of malpractice', says Mumbai Divisional Board secretary

Mumbai Divisional Board secretary claims their investigations reveal this, though they are waiting to hear from the cyber cell

Two days after pictures of the HSC Book Keeping & Accountancy paper were circulated on WhatsApp, just when students across the state started appearing for the same paper, the Mumbai Divisional Board authorities are still waiting to hear from the police’s cyber cell, to confirm if the instance was a paper leak or a case of malpractice.

“The police is investigating and we are waiting for a report. Meanwhile, we have tried to check with our limited resources and it looks like a case of malpractice,” said Mumbai Divisional Board secretary S Chandekar. Board members are looking at all possible methods to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.

“While not much can be changed this year since exams have already begun, we will insist that the board implement stringent rules on carrying gadgets, including mobile phones, inside examination centre. Be it students or the supervisors, nobody should be allowed to carry mobile phones inside the examination centre,” said Uday Nare, a teacher from Hansraj Morarji School in Andheri.

Officials of the Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Examinations are yet to come up with concrete plans to avoid such instances in the remaining papers.

The life of a question paper
The method of distributing question papers that needs to be looked into by the Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE)

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