SHOPIAN: After “exams under candle light” by Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE), District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) Shopian on Saturday distributed the same question papers for Class 6 and Class 7 examinations across different centres based in the district.
Many teachers and students informed Kashmir Reader that the examinations started at 10:30 am, as per the prescribed date sheet, but when the papers were distributed among students, they found the same questions in both sets of papers. “On the question paper packets, there were different classes mentioned, like 6th and 7th; even on the top of the question paper, there too were separate names, like for 6th and 7th, but the questions on both papers were the same, even with the same serial number,” a teacher posted at one of the schools said.
Teachers from schools where the examinations were being held told Kashmir Reader that after the students informed the teachers that both the papers were the same, DIET authorities circulated fresh papers on WhatsApp. “We were told to get papers printed by ourselves after the papers were sent to us through WhatsApp,” a teacher posted for examination duties said.
Teachers said that some old ‘model papers’ were sent on WhatsApp, which teachers got printed in the market. One teacher said that the question paper for social studies for Class 6 was distributed among the students of Class 7 as well.
The official timing for the examination was 10:30 am to 01:00 pm, but schools in village areas, having no means to get papers printed, held the exams after 1 pm. “After we got informed by the authorities, we went to Shopian and got the question papers printed. This took us time, and that resulted in delayed examinations,” a teacher posted in a village school said. Others said that preparing new papers resulted in hours of delay in conducting the exams.
Chief Education Officer, Shopian, Muhammad Sadiq, who also is in-charge DIET, told Kashmir Reader that the matter was sorted out by the local authorities. “We actually prepare the papers but get them printed at the State Institute of Education; the fault was in the printing,” he said, adding that the exams were later conducted smoothly in all the centres.