Students demand full probe into MPSC paper leak issue in Jalna

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 25 March 2019

“The students were made to sit in the classroom 30 minutes before the examination, as per the rule. The question paper set was brought to the centre earlier than the timing, and when we were asked to sign on the cover of the set, we saw that the seal had already been broken,” Krishna Savane told

PUNE: With the news of mishandling of question papers during the Maharashtra Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) examination in Jalna district going viral, the MPSC candidates all over the State have demanded an immediate inquiry into the matter. Whether or not there was cheating needs to be found out and the Commission must reach the roots of the incident, the MPSC candidates said.

The candidates at the Matsyodari Shikshan Sanstha’s centre for Maharashtra Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) examination on Sunday were shocked when the seal of the question paper set was broken before bringing it to the classroom.

“The students were made to sit in the classroom 30 minutes before the examination, as per the rule. The question paper set was brought to the centre earlier than the timing, and when we were asked to sign on the cover of the set, we saw that the seal had already been broken,” Krishna Savane, the candidate (based out of Koregaon) who brought the matter to everyone’s notice, told Sakal Times from Jalna.

According to the rules set by MPSC, the seal of the question paper set must be broken in front of two candidates appearing for the examination and they should sign the cover after opening it.

“We objected to being asked to sign after we saw what was wrong with the question paper set. While the supervisor refused to listen, two-three of us also went to the senior person at the centre to complain to him. We received arrogant answers there as well. Their answer was that the seal was broken by mistake. But we came to know that the same happened in other classrooms at our centre as well,” Savane stated.

The candidates will now be giving a written complaint to the Collector for an inquiry into the matter. “They haven’t followed the procedure, and that is wrong. Though we have answered the examination, we will take the follow-up,” Savane added.

Reacting to the issue, Pune-based MPSC student Mahesh Bade said, “All the supervisors as well centre heads are trained. But there is still a lot of negligence, which should be reduced. The Commission must be alert and take appropriate action.”

Bhujang Patil of MPSC Vidyarthi Samanvay Samiti (MPSC Students Coordination Committee) said if the seal was broken to benefit some students, it is a huge injustice to all and the Commission must carry out a full investigation.

CHAIN OF EVENTS AND AFTERMATH
- The candidates at the Matsyodari Shikshan Sanstha’s centre for Maharashtra Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) examination on Sunday were shocked when the seal of the question paper set was broken before bringing it to the classroom.
- According to the rules set by MPSC, the seal of the question paper set must be broken in front of two candidates appearing for the examination and they should sign the cover after opening it.
- Whether or not there was cheating needs to be found out and the Commission must reach the roots of the incident, the MPSC candidates said.

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