Assam HSLC General Science Exam 2023 cancelled
The Assam Higher Secondary Education Board (SEBA) cancelled the Assam HSLC General Science Exam 2023, which was scheduled to be held on March 13, 2023. The decision was taken after reports of the paper being leaked and circulated on social media. The Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu announced the cancellation on his Twitter handle. He stated, “General Science examination of the ongoing HSLC examination scheduled for 13/03/2023 has been cancelled by SEBA in view of media reports of leakage of the question paper. The next date will be announced in due course.”
SEBA’s notice on cancellation of exam and initiation of enquiry
According to the notice issued by SEBA, reports of the paper leak were telecasted, and a candidate was seen holding the model question paper. The SEBA believed that such news could create confusion in the minds of the candidates, and keeping this in view, they cancelled the examination of the general science subject. The SEBA has already initiated an inquiry into the matter and will take all necessary action in this regard.
Criminal case registered and CID investigation announced by Assam DGP
The Assam DGP, GP Singh, tweeted that a criminal case had been registered following media reports of the leakage of the General Science (C3) question paper of the HSLC examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam on March 13, 2023. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will investigate the case.
Previous instances of paper leak in HSLC exams
This is not the first time that SEBA has faced such a situation. Earlier, the English and Maths papers were also leaked before the exams. The HSLC Mathematics question papers were leaked in the Cachar district of Assam on March 6. The paper went viral on the second day of the HSLC exam within the first 15 minutes of the mathematics exam. A few images of the question paper also gained popularity on social media, and it is believed that the document was stolen from a Lakhipur test centre. The Cachar Education Department has not yet responded to the paper leak event.
It is important to note that on the first day of the exam, there were rumours that the Barpeta district had leaked the English question paper. The SEBA secretary and exam controller, Narnarayan Nath, denied the allegations, labelling media reporting on the subject as incorrect and unfounded.
The HSLC exams are administered by SEBA every year in Assam, which correspond to the CBSE 10th standard board exams. The National Education Policy’s criteria are being followed as the HSLC 2023 exams are being administered.
In response to the paper leaks, SEBA has altered four key subjects for the HSLC tests starting today. According to rumours, SEBA has altered the HSLC exam’s math, general science, English, and social science topics. According to the updated NEP rules, the HSLC exam will henceforth include two answer sheets for these four subjects. Eight pages of objective questions will make up the first answer sheet, while sixteen pages of descriptive questions will make up the second answer sheet.
This year, there will be 912 exam locations used for the HSLC exams, which will start on March 3 and end on March 20. Up to 4,23,000 pupils from all over the state will take the HSLC exams. The cancellation of the General Science Exam has caused a lot of chaos and confusion among the students. The SEBA needs to take strict action against the paper leakers to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.
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