Pune: The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has stated that no re-examination will be conducted for students whose papers got destroyed in the fire at a storage centre for Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and Secondary State Certificate (SSC) papers in Beed, on Monday.
Out of 1,300 answer sheets, over 1,000 papers were of mathematics of commerce stream in HSC, and about 230 were SSC papers of Urdu language, which were reported to be gutted in a fire that took place at the centre, where these papers were kept on Sunday.
Shakuntala Kale, Chairperson of MSBSHSE, has assured that there will no loss to students whose papers got burnt. “We will not be conducting any re-examination for these children but we will ensure that students will not suffer any loss due to this damage. The state board will evaluate these students as per the norms of MSBSHSE,” said Kale.
Kale refused to disclose the alternatives to evaluate these students, stating the procedure to be a confidential matter of MSBSHSE.
Kale has further stated that investigation related to the incident is ongoing, while the cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. She also mentioned that the custodian of the storage centre has been changed temporarily, while the rest of the answer sheets have been transported to the divisional office.
“We generally inform the officers of stocking centres orally to keep the papers at a secured place, which has fire extinguishers and other safety measures, in order to prevent any mishaps. However, the cause of the fire is unknown in this case and a probe is being conducted. If we find that the place did not have any fire safety measures, the board will take necessary action against them,” Kale further informed.