February 16, 2019
Images of three class 10 question papers has gone viral on social media including Bengali, English and history. Images of all three question papers were released shortly after the examinations started. The state’s Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee denies paper leak, says the images went viral after the exams started.
Images of Bengali and English question papers had also been circulated on WhatsApp on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, after the state board’s school leaving examinations began.
Partha Chatterjee’s statement
Asked about reports of purported images of history question paper being circulated on WhatsApp on Friday, the third day of the class 10 board examinations, Partha Chatterjee said, I have kept a tab on the examination process today. There has been no incident of any question paper leaked on WhatsApp before the examination. He said that the examination passed off smoothly like the two previous days and mobile phones were not allowed inside examination halls.
Chatterjee denied any paper leaks on the first two days of examination. If someone clicks a photo half an hour after writing the paper, can that be termed as question leak? Question leak happens when it comes out before the commencement of the examination, he told PTI on Wednesday.
Steps taken by WBBSE
Partha Chatterjee said some people were trying to malign the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBSE) that conducts Madhyamik or class 10 examinations.
The West Bengal Board has filed a complaint at the Bidhannagar Police Cyber Crime Cell against unknown people for sharing images of Bengali paper conducted on February 12, 2019. WBBSE president Kalyanmoy Ganguly told PTI.
On Friday’s incident, Ganguly said, If anyone has got any such image, please share the sender’s number with us. A total of 10,66,000 students are appearing in the class 10 school leaving examination.
Chatterjee said, I have continuously been in touch with district magistrates and superintendents of police during the day. There is no question paper leak. These are rumours being spread deliberately.