October 24, 2020

Another 5,682 answer sheets go missing from Bihar school

Patna: Even as the probe into the mysterious disappearance of around 43,000 answer sheets of Grade 10 students still continues, 5,682 practical copies of Grade 10 and Grade 12 students have been found missing from another high school in Bihar.

All these practical copies have gone missing from Rajendra Prasad High School-cum-Inter College located in Hathua block of Gopalganj district. Taking a serious note of the incident, the local district magistrate Animesh Kumar Parashar has ordered an investigation into the matter.

“During inquiry, we came to know that all these copies were sold to the scrap dealers since they were rotting. However, the school administration didn’t obtain permission from the education department authorities before their disposal,” district education officer Akhilesh Prasad told the media on Thursday.

The story about their disappearance came to light after a local villager Pramod Mishra sent a written complaint to the district magistrate who later ordered an investigation.

Last week, the authorities had postponed the release of result of the Glass 10 examination conducted by the state school board after the answer sheets of thousands of students who appeared for the examination this year went mysteriously missing from the strongroom. This case too was reported from the Gopalganj district.

During the course of investigation, the authorities found that the 43,000 answer sheets had been sold to a scrap dealer for Rs8,500 (Dh453) and jailed the school principal, peon and other persons involved in the shady deal. The authorities, however, are still to recover all the missing answer sheets although a few of them have been found.

Meanwhile, raids have been conducted at various scrap shops located in Siwan, East Champaran and Patna districts and also at some locations in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

Courtesy: Gulf News

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