“The origin of the childish mischief was traced in an exam centre at Malda. We have zeroed in on the source of three pages circulated on social media. However, we cannot go beyond that as we are not an investigating agency,” said WBBSE President, Ramanuj Ganguly.
According to Ganguly, the persons who had uploaded the image of a few pages of the Class 10 English question paper in an examination centre in Malda district has been identified. The details of the findings were shared with the concered authorities for follow-up action.
During the press conference, WBBSE president revealed that nine mobile phones, including seven in Malda district were seized during the examination. However, he did not clarify from whom the mobiles were seized and whether any of the devices were used in uploading the images.
However, Ramanuj Ganguly ruled out the rumours of paper leak. He said that 3 of the 16 pages of the question paper were uploaded on WhatsApp one and a half hours after the 3-hour long exam that started on February 24, 2023 at 12:00 PM.
“We fail to fathom what such acts would yield in the long run. It was an act of imprudence that would achieve no results. But due to stricter curbs with electronic surveillance, any such malpractice can be detected soon and this should serve as a wake-up call to any conspirator,” the WBBSE chief said.
Barring this one act of “sabotage”, the exams were held smoothly, he said.
(With inputs from PTI)