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SSC paper leak: Board to act against two Bhiwandi schools

On March 14, Bhiwandi- based Samvad Foundation sent an email to the divisional board informing them about a possible paper leak racket after several members of the organisation received images of SSC papers.

education Updated: May 16, 2019 11:57 IST
Ankita Bhatkhande
Ankita Bhatkhande
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Kakatiya High School in Bhiwandi (HT File)

The Mumbai divisional board will now take action against schools in Bhiwandi over the involvement of their staff in this year’s SSC paper leak case, a month after it sent show- cause notices to them.

On March 14, Bhiwandi- based Samvad Foundation sent an email to the divisional board informing them about a possible paper leak racket after several members of the organisation received images of SSC papers. Screenshots shared in the email revealed that algebra paper, which was scheduled to be held at 11am on March 11, was possibly circulated on social media at 10: 13 am. The organisation also sent emails hinting at a possible leak of science 1 and 2 papers which were held on March 15 and 18, respectively. So far, the Bhiwandi police have arrested five people in the case, while two accused are still absconding.

In April, the Bhiwandi police said there were lapses on part of the two main accused — Ambar Ansari, vice-principal at Kakatiya High School and Sajid Kharbe, teacher at Rafiuddin Fakih Boys High School — who were the schools’ chief conductors for the exams. On the basis of a report submitted by the police to the board, it had asked the schools to present their side.

“We wrote to the schools after the reports of the police and the board’s internal inquiry committee pointed out negligence. Notices were sent and they were given a chance to explain themselves. While some responded, some still haven’t,” said Sharad Khandagale, secretary, Mumbai divisional board. “The board will now initiate disciplinary action against these schools,” he said.

While the board did not reveal the nature of action that will be taken, senior officials said in such cases, schools are likely to lose their registration for negligence.

First Published: May 16, 2019 11:57 IST