8 students sent to juvenile home for cheating and paper leak, 2 teachers held

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Education Desk ।। Days after it was revealed that the History and Political Science paper of the Maharashtra Board’s SSC exam was leaked to few students on WhatsApp just before the exams, eight students booked in connection with the case were apprehended on Friday and sent to a juvenile home. This is perhaps the first time that such a strict action has been taken against SSC students pertaining to the issue.

Eight students, all aged 15, had been booked by the Amboli police on Monday after the leaked question paper was found on their mobile phones, just an hour before the commencement of exam, the Times of India reported. Besides the students, the police have booked four adults in the case- 47-year-old Firoz Khan, a maths teacher at a Mumbra school, 24-year-old Rohit Singh, a tuition teacher, Khan’s 45-year-old office boy Imran Sheikh and an IT engineering student, 22-year-old A Hasan. Maharashtra Board SSC exam 2018: History paper ‘leaked’ on WhatsaApp to students an hour before exam in Kalyan

The adults were arrested and sent to police custody, while the teenagers were allowed to appear for remaining papers and soon after the exams concluded on Friday, they were apprehended and sent to an observation home in Dongri.

The students ended up spending Friday night at home and as their parents were slated to apply for bail after the kids were produced before the Juvenile Justice Board on Saturday.

Speaking on this, Subhash Borse, secretary in charge of the board’s Mumbai division, said, “The students, even though minors, have made a conscious decision to participate in the wrongdoings. So the law must take its own course.”

Meanwhile, as per the daily, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has decided to set up an internal committee to investigate into the SSC question paper-leak racket and ban students who are involved from taking the board exams for the next three to five attempts.

Elaborating on the modus operandi of the operation, investigating officer Daya Nayak told the daily that the students were a part of an Instagram group called ‘Boards ke imp’ on which leaked papers were distributed to those who paid for them. However, the group was deleted once the leak came to fore, though the probe officers were able to retrieve the history of the group.

On the other hands, parents of the accused students reportedly claimed that they were unaware of their wards’ involvement in the matter.

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