Science, Social Science Question Papers were changed

Taking no chances after mathematics question paper leak of Class X half – yearly examinations in Madurai district on 19th December, 2010, the question papers for science and social science subjects were also changed.

The science examination on 22nd December, 2010 was conducted with a new question paper and the same for social science on 23rd December, 2010 for the students of Government, Corporation and aided schools in the district.

A thorough probe has been initiated after mathematics question paper leak came to light when photocopies of the original question paper were available in Usilampatti a day before the examination.

Immediately, the mathematics examination scheduled for 20th December, 2010 was canceled by the authorities and it was conducted on 21st December, afternoon with a new question paper.

Another decision taken by the School Education Department was to appoint a new District Educational Officer (DEO) for Usilampatti educational district.

Usha Mai, Headmistress of Achampathu Government Higher Secondary School, near here was appointed as the DEO of Usilampatti educational district and she assumed charge on 22nd December, 2010.

Joint Director (Higher Secondary) in the Directorate of School Education M. Palanisamy, who was deputed to Madurai to conduct an on – the – spot enquiry with department officials, briefed School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu on Tuesday on the enquiry conducted so far.

Three persons, including the Headmistress of Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Usilampatti, were suspended for “procedural lapses in distributing the question papers to schools.”

Ms. Rajani Rathnamala, Chief Educational Officer, said that “We have asked the DEOs of Madurai, Melur and Usilampatti educational districts to be vigilant while sending the question papers from custodian points.

The Joint Director had made surprise visits to a few centres and every school was asked to adhere to the existing rules. If any tampering was found on the question papers’ packet, it should be immediately brought to our notice for action.”

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