The Uttar Pradesh Board exam for class 12 English was canceled in 24 districts of the state after authorities said they suspected the questionnaire had been leaked.
A statement from UP Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad director Vinay Kumar Pandey said the investigation had been canceled in 24 districts of the state, including Agra, Mathura, Aligarh and Gorakhpur. “The English exam in the second shift is canceled due to doubts about making the questionnaire public. The same was distributed in the 24 districts, which is why the exam stands were canceled there,” the statement said.
The statement said the newspaper had been leaked in the Ballia neighborhood.
It said the investigation will continue as scheduled in the remaining districts. “The date for holding the exam in the 24 districts will be announced shortly,” the statement added.
After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, the Class X and Class XII exams for the Uttar Pradesh Board started on Thursday. Heavy security and extensive preparations had been made to prevent cheating and the use of unfair means. A total of 2.97 lakh CCTV cameras were installed to stop cheating in exams. “The images from these cameras in 8,373 exam centers are checked in district-level control rooms,” said an official.
The state government had said the strict National Security Act (NSA) will be invoked against those caught using unfair means during the exams. A total of 51.92 lakh students appear in the exams.
The exams last until April 12 and are held in two shifts from 08:00 to 11:15 and from 14:00 to 17:15.