The Board of Secondary Education, Odisha Tuesday decided to cancel the ongoing Matriculation examination held on Monday in three centres as the exam was held in these centres in "most unfair and disruptive manner." The three centres are situated in the districts of Dhenkanal, Balangir and Cuttack said an official. The students wrote their 2nd language English paper on Monday.
"Based on the preliminary statements submitted by the respective district education officers and centre directors, the examination committee of the Board has decided to cancel the Monday's examination of all the students who are writing their examinations at these centres, notified BSE president Jahan Ara Begum. She told the committee will take a final call on this after the exams are over on March 8.
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The statement said that students of these centres resorted to mass copying when parents and teachers gathered around these centres forcefully entered into the exam halls and given and helped the candidate with books and chits to write the answers. "Although policemen were deployed at certain centres, they were outnumbered by the intruders," the BSE president said requesting available reports. The BSE Board, however, made it clear that the remaining papers of the ongoing exam will be held at these Centers as per the program with adequate police arrangements & promulgating prohibitory measures below Section 144 of CrPC.
Officials said since the Monday's exam has been cancelled, the examination committee may either "denied" the results of these students for malpractice or declare them as"fail" in English.
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