Published: 20th February 2020
Karnataka SSLC preparatory Math and English papers leak; KAMS suspect it is through 'Helo app'
The General Secretary of KAMS said that copies of what appears to be upcoming Science and Hindi papers are also circulating on the 'Helo app' but it is not confirmed if those are the actual ones
A day after the SSLC Math paper for the preparatory exam was leaked, the English preparatory examination question paper for SSLC also leaked before the exam was to be held on Wednesday. This was confirmed by the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board in a circular issued yesterday.
The circular read, "For any exam malpractice such as leaking question paper, trying to copy in exam hall, taking pictures and circulating in social media, passing chits in exam hall will attract action, under Karnataka education act. One can get 3 to 5 years of jail time and Rs 5 lakh fine if proven guilty. This has been informed to principals, block education officers and deputy directors to prevent such offences. Exams will go on as per timetable."
The Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) alleged that the exam paper was leaked through 'Helo app'. The General Secretary of KAMS said that copies of what appears to be upcoming Science and Hindi papers are also circulating on the 'Helo app' but it is not confirmed if those are the actual question papers. Hence, KAMS wrote to Jagadeesh, Commissioner, Department of Public Instruction urging him to curb the unlawful practice of paper leak.
D Shashi Kumar, general secretary, KAMS wants the Education Department to file a complaint with the Cyber Crime Police. He said, "Students were getting the information through tutorials, 'Helo app' and social media. In order to curtail this practise, we request the Education Department to file a case with the available inputs to the Cyber Crime police and put the culprit behind bars. Students are lured by such practices. We also suspect a few tutorials and the teachers of schools are colluding to indulge in such malpractice."
The Officer of Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Suresh Kumar said that a meeting was held between the Department of Public Instruction Commissioner with officials today and strict instructions were issued to take responsibility for this.