Tuesday, March 10, 2015

HSC paper on WhatsApp 30 mins before exam start

MUMBAI: The HSC book-keeping and accountancy paper was 'leaked' at least 30 minutes before it was handed out to examinees on Monday, claimed students. Some sent screenshots of the question
paper doing the rounds on a mobile networking app as early as 10.20am to TOI.

Board officials said the shots were circulated on WhatsApp after the exam started and hence, could not be termed a leak. Students get the papers 10 minutes before to help them read properly, a move teachers blamed for the 'leak'.

"At 11.26am, we received the pictures through journalists. We do not have proof that the pictures were circulated before the paper began and hence, we will treat it as a case of cheating," said Y S Chandekar, secretary, Mumbai divisional board.

The board rules bar students from carrying mobiles to exam centres, but in reality, most bring them to classrooms and are told to switch them off and keep in bags. Students are not frisked. Exam coordinators said many parents insist on the phones as many students travel from far.

Sources said students in Kandivli were among the first to get shots of the first three pages of the 11-page paper. The pages contained objective questions of 15 marks and part of an eight mark sum.

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