PATNA: Authorities in Bihar have postponed the result of the Glass 10 examination conducted by the state school board after the answer-sheets of thousands of students who appeared for the examination this year went mysteriously missing from the strong-room.
According to education department officials, around 43,000 evaluated answer-sheets of students have mysteriously gone missing from the strong room of SS Girls’ Senior Secondary High School located in Gopalgnaj district.
The police have arrested three persons, including the school principal, in connection with the incident so far while a high-level investigation is on.
The entire story came to light after the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) authorities sought the evaluated answer-sheets of the students who figured among top 25 to review their marking before the result was announced.
The move was the part of the plan to detect “fake” toppers and avoid any further embarrassment. Some of the meritorious students hailed from Gopalganj district too and hence a special messenger was sent to that particular Girl’ school in whose strong-room, the answer sheets of those students were stored.
The officials were surprised to see the answer-sheets of some stoppers as sought by the messenger missing from the strong-room. A massive search operation launched thereafter later found a total of 213 bags missing from the strong room of the SS Girls’ Senior Secondary High School.
Officials said each bag contained 200 evaluated answer-sheets. Keeping in view the missing copies, the authorities have postponed the declaration of Class 10 examination result by a week while a thorough probe has also been ordered.
“The missing answer-sheets are a part of the conspiracy to defame the BSEB. We have ordered a thorough probe into the entire episode and truth will come out soon,” BSEB chairman Anand Kishore told the media on Wednesday.
The police in the meanwhile have begun investigation and arrested three persons including school principal Pramod Kumar Srivastava in connection with the case.
“A police team has been constituted to investigate the matter. I am personally monitoring it. The focus of investigation is how and when the copies disappeared,” Gopalganj district superintendent of police Rashid Zaman told the media.
This is the third time in quick succession that the stat4e school board has come under fire. Last year, Grade 12 Arts topper Ganesh Kumar, 24, was found to be 42-year old and a father of two children.
In 2016 too, Bihar had suffered further embarrassment when Grade 12 Arts topper Ruby Rai had no idea about what subjects she had been taught in the classrooms and spelt Political Science as “Prodikal Science”.