March 30, 2019
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has directed the National Examination Board (NEB) to postpone remaining examinations under the ongoing Secondary Education Examination (SEE) in Province-2.
The Ministry took this decision on Friday after finding question papers leak before the scheduled examination. Organizing a press conference in the capital city, Minister for Education, Giriraj Mani Pokharel, directed the Board to postpone the examinations from Friday onwards till next notice.
According to him, the examination of science scheduled on April 5 will however be conducted as scheduled. The NEB will manage question papers for postponed examinations.
The exams commenced before March 28 would not be effected with this decision. The SEE examinations in remaining six States would go as usual. Minister Pokharel has stated that the activities of making question papers leak were the criminal acts.
The SEE students in Rajbiraj of Saptari district and Birgunj were agitated with the cancellation of exam for compulsory social studies on Friday.
They have accused the people in authority of playing over the future of students. The District Education Development and Coordination Unit Committee said the exam was cancelled as the question paper was leaked and appeared on social network sites on Thursday night. Even the Thursday’s exam (Science) was postponed following the leak of the question paper before the exam.
The enraged students went through the Rajbiraj town, chanting slogans against the cancellation of the exam. The exam was cancelled throughout State 2.
However, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bhawesh Rimal, said the question papers were kept safely, and it was not leaked from within Saptari, but from outside. The sealed question papers are transported to the exam center only before half an hour of the commencement of exam.
Committee Chief Shankar Raj Luintel also echoed the same. Both exams were cancelled at the direction of the National Examinations Board. Following the questions paper leak, police have arrested teachers from several schools on the charge of their involvement in leaking the question papers through mobile phones and social networks for investigations. The Board has already formed a four-member committee to probe into the issue. The committee was formed Friday and it has been assigned to submit the report within 15 days.(RSS)