This year has seen a rise in the number of incidents wherein the question papers were leaked online through WhatsApp. On March 25, 2019, the Karnataka SSLC Mathematics paper was supposedly leaked online almost two hours after the commencement of the examination striking fear among candidates about an alleged paper leak.
The issue was reported from Kalpavriksha High School, Moratagi village of Sindgai taluk Vijayapura district and also from Mysur around 11.45 AM. Authorities have come forward to claim that the incident cannot be considered as a question paper leak as the images were circulated on WhatsApp way after the examination commenced.
A complaint has been filed by the board in Sindgai police station. PC Jaffer, commissioner, Department of Public Instructions and Chairman KSEEB said, “Miscreants created confusion by circulating the question paper on WhatsApp. Instructions have been given to take action against them and a police complaint was registered. We clarify that the question paper was not leaked.”
According to the authorities, the images of the question paper circulated on the social media platform did not have the front page which has a serial number which can help identify the centre where it was issued.
Another incident involved a 35-year-old auto driver from who was arrested for sharing the Mathematics question paper on a WhatsApp group. The case registered at Jayalakshmipuram was referred to Cyber Crime, Economic Offences and Narcotics (CEN) to check the members of the group, why the accused shared the images on the group and who responded to the questions.
The auto driver Mujahiddin Pasha of Rajivnagar in Mysur was writing the examination in an effort to get his driving license. According to D Uday Kumar, Block Education Officer Mysur North said that the incident happened in an examination centre in Vinayakanagar which is exclusively for private candidates.
“At around 11.20 MA the supervisor got suspicious of the candidates' behavior and on checking found a smartphone. The centre authorities alerted the education department officers. We rushed to the spot and handed over Pasha to the Jayalakshmipuram police”, he said. According to the complaint registered, the accused has hidden the smartphone in his undergarments.
According to the police, Pasha was the administrator of the WhatsApp group. “He was sending the images of the question paper in the group. This group has hundreds of members and all the numbers had been added without any names. We referred the case to CEN police” they added.
In addition to these, following a complaint three mathematics teachers were suspended following complaints that they were providing answers to students. The malpractice was reported from Harogeri Vidyalaya Composite PU College in Raibag, Chikkodi Educational District. A criminal complaint was filed against DP Kapsi, Palaiah and AB Patil in Belgavi district.
Also, mass copying incidents were noticed by the board at a centre in Raichur. “Deputy Director of Public Instruction in Raichur found attempts of mass copying in the Siyathalaba Raichur centre and its chief was suspended”, said V Sumangala, director KSEEB.REGISTER FOR RESULTS UPDATES