Assam (India), March 13, 2023: In a recent development, the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) has canceled the General Science paper for the Class 10 or HSLC or Matric exam due to reports of its leak. The paper was scheduled to be held on March 13, but the board has now postponed it to a later date, which will be announced in due course.
While SEBA has not confirmed the alleged leak, it has issued a notification citing a news broadcast that claims a handwritten model paper for General Science (C3) is being circulated among some students on social media.
The board believes that such news may create confusion in the minds of the candidates and has, therefore, taken the decision to cancel the examination.
The Education Minister, Ranoj Pegu, informed the public about the cancellation via Twitter, adding that the next date for the examination will be announced in due course. Additionally, the Director-General of Police, GP Singh, has confirmed that a criminal case has been registered, and CID Assam will investigate the matter.
This is not the first time that the Assam board has faced controversy this year. The Class 12 Chemistry paper was also reported to have been leaked, but the board (AHSEC) and the Education Minister denied it. Similarly, videos of students cheating during the Class 10 English paper prompted SEBA to cancel the exam at an exam center in Cachar.
Unfortunately, these reports of board exam paper leaks are not limited to Assam alone. Maharashtra and West Bengal have also faced similar issues, with the mathematics paper of the ongoing Class 12 exams purportedly going viral on social media and images of the Class 10 English paper being shared on social media platforms. These incidents have sparked concerns about the security and integrity of board exams across India.