Karnataka SSLC exam 2019: 1st language Kannada question paper leaked on WhatsApp

Created On: Mar 22, 2019 12:08 IST
Modified on : Mar 22, 2019 12:10 IST
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Karnataka SSLC Exam 2019: On the first day of the Karnataka SSLC Board examination the first language Kannada question papers were leaked on WhatsApp 30 minutes before the examination ended. However, the officials claim that there has been no question paper leak as the images were circulated after the commencement of the examination.

According to the officials of the Karnataka SSLC board, candidates appearing for the examination can leave the examination hall after the first half of the exam but must surrender their question paper to the supervisor before leaving.

The first language Kannada, Urdu, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, English and Sanskrit examination were held on the first day of the commencement of the board examination. The director of Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board, Sumangala V. spoke to the media pointing out that an official complaint has been lodged with the Lingasuguru Police station in Raichur regarding the circulation of the question paper leak on WhatsApp. She said, “It was brought to the notice of the department that the images of the question paper were being circulated through WhatsApp in Raichur district around 12 noon. It appears to have been done by some miscreants to create confusion among the students. The question paper might have been taking out by some students who left the centre before the completion of the examination or somebody may have unauthorizedly obtained a copy of the question paper.”

Sumangala V. also went ahead to say that the Raichur incident cannot be treated as a question paper leak. She said, “The question paper was not seen in social media before the commencement of the examination since it was around 12 noon. Hence it is not a leak, but malpractice.” She also went on to clarify, “It is nothing but a nuisance created by social media. A student who may have left the exam hall at 12 noon may have walked out with the question paper. We do not know who uploaded the question paper a student, parent or public. A complaint has been registered. Henceforth we have instructed the DDI’s to make sure that no student takes away the question paper till the completion of the exam.”

The malpractice comes under the section 24A of the Karnataka Education Act, 1983. According to Section 115 (A), a minimum punishment of 3 years and a minimum penalty of 5 Lakhs can be levied on the culprit. Apart from these three other cases of malpractice were reported from Bagalakot district in North Karnataka on Thursday. According to reports, the students involved were private students.

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