The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) has canceled the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination for the General Science (C3) subject, which was scheduled to be held on Monday, March 13, 2023, after reports of question paper leak surfaced on social media.
According to a statement issued by SEBA, a hand-written model question paper of the HSLC examination of General Science (C3) subject was available in the hands of some candidates. It was also spread through WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
The statement further said that SEBA had taken serious note of this incident and had decided to cancel the examination of the General Science (C3) subject as a precautionary measure to maintain the sanctity and credibility of the examination.
SEBA also informed that the next examination date for General Science (C3) subject would be announced in due course and appealed to all the stakeholders to cooperate with the board in this regard.
Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu also confirmed the examination cancellation on his official Twitter handle and said that SEBA will take necessary action against those involved in the question paper leak.
General Science examination of the on going HSLC examination scheduled for 13/03/2023 has been cancelled by SEBA in view of media reports of leakage of the question paper. Next date will be announced in due course. pic.twitter.com/3fvU2CbSgr— Ranoj Pegu (@ranojpeguassam) March 12, 2023
Meanwhile, Assam Director General of Police (DGP) GP Singh tweeted that a criminal case has been registered and would be investigated by CID Assam. He assured that the culprits and conspirators would be brought to law.
Reference media reports of leakage of General Science (C3) question paper of HSLC examination scheduled for March 13th 2023 conducted by Board of Secondary Education, Assam – A criminal case has been registered and would be investigated by CID Assam. We would bring the culprits… https://t.co/oVwC1UxVrz— GP Singh (@gpsinghips) March 12, 2023
This is not the first time that SEBA has faced such a situation. Earlier, on March 3, 2023, SEBA had canceled the English paper exam after it was found to be leaked from a school in Cachar district. The mathematics paper exam was also canceled on March 10, 2023, after it was allegedly leaked on social media.
The question paper leak incidents have raised serious questions on the conduct and security of the HSLC examination by SEBA, which is one of the most important examinations for the students of Assam. The students, parents, teachers, and civil society groups expressed anger and disappointment over these incidents. They have demanded strict action against those responsible for jeopardizing the future of thousands of students.