Maharashtra HSC (class 12) exam question paper has been leaked on Whatsapp after the exams began on February 28. After Marathi, Secretarial Practice and Physics, now reports of mathematics paper for students of the commerce stream being circulated on Whatsapp has surfaced.
The images of the entire paper was shared at around 10:40 am. It has been reported that a student was caught viewing the leaked images on her phone during the exam.
As per Indian Express report, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) lodged its third complaint with the Vashi police station regarding what it termed "malpractice". The complaint was attached to the previous two FIRs.
Police has arrested four people in connection with the case till now, including two students and a teacher at a private tuition centre.
Cyber cell to be approached The board will also approach cyber cell of the crime branch in order to make sure such incidents do not recur. Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde said the cyber cell would advise the MSBSHSE on ways to improve security.
Consider it a malpractice, not leak: MSBSHSE The board however, refused to consider it a 'leak'. Dattatreya Jagtap, chairman of the Mumbai Divisional Board, MSBSHSE said, 'To call it a leak, the question paper must reach students hours before the exam. In this case it is just minutes before the exam, so we are considering it malpractice'.
Mobile phones restricted
"We will keep track of all the students coming late to the centre," said Jagtap, hinting that regular latecomers might be probed. The board has also decided to strengthen its flying squads. "Board officials will accompany the flying squads from Tuesday," said Jagtap. Moreover, neither teachers, nor supervisors will be allowed to carry cellphones into the exam centres.
"We cannot term the instances as 'leak' but it is a matter of concern for us. I have personally spoken to the Cyber Cell to expedite investigation," said Tawde.
Meanwhile, teachers as well as students believe that such repeated incidents of leaks could tarnish the reputation of the MSBSHSE. "With four papers leaked so far, the board's reputation is sullied. The board must improve security measures," said Agnelo Menezes, principal of St Xavier's College in Dhobi Talao.