Cash for Marks Scam: SEBA Suspends Evaluation Formula of HSLC Exam

The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) has suspended its evaluation formula for the HSLC exam following the cash for marks scam by the highly placed education department officials.

The SEBA officials were allegedly involved in providing better marks to Higher Secondary Leaving Certificate Examination (HSLC) students in exchange for cash.

On July 17, Assam Police detained six education department officials for questioning in suspicion of their involvement in alleged marks for cash scam.

A police team raided the office of the Inspector of Schools, Kamrup on Saturday in connection with the marks for cash scam involving Class 10 students and picked up four SEBA officials besides two other persons.

Kamrup district Inspector of Schools Madhab Deka, SEBA Coordinator Phulpahi Nath, IS office-grade III employee Prashanta Das and another grade IV employee Sibeswar Kalita has been apprehended by police after the raid conducted in the Inspector of Schools office.

Police seized several laptops, mobile phones and documents from the office of the Inspectorate of Schools during the raid.

Kamrup police also reportedly seized a considerable amount of cash during the operation.

The Class 10 (HSLC) and Class 12 (HS) board examinations have been scrapped in the state and the government has decided to announce the results of the examinations based on recommendations made by two expert panels.

The two panels have already submitted the report proposing procedures to evaluate students of Class 10 and 12.

However, SEBA is likely to issue a new guideline for the evaluation formula of the HSLC examination soon.

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