KATHMANDU, March 30: The government has cancelled the Secondary Education Examinations (SEE) conducted from March 28 and scheduled till April 4 in Province 2 after the question papers of several subjects were leaked in Rautahat and Saptari districts. But the exams conducted from March 24 to March 27 in the province will be valid.
Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel announced the cancellation of the examinations of various subjects.
“The examination of science conducted on Thursday has been rescheduled for April 5,” Minister Pokharel announced at a press conference held at the ministry on Friday evening. “The exam dates for other subjects will be announced soon.”
According to him, above 70,000 students appearing in the examinations at 262 exam centers in eight districts of the province will be affected by the cancellation. “We will thoroughly investigate the leaks as a criminal act and will punish everyone involved,” said the minister. “The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police is looking into the case.”
The National Examinations Board (NEB) on Friday asked the CIB to probe into the question paper leaks.
The question paper of Science in Province 2 was posted on social media long before the examinations started on Thursday. The question paper of Social Studies exam scheduled for Friday was also leaked before the exams.
Khaga Raj Baral, the secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) and vice-chairman of the NEB said they decided to request the police for effective and thorough investigation.
According to the NEB, the question papers are dispatched from the NEB to the District Police Office, which then sends the papers to the police posts nearest to the exam centers in coordination with the District Coordination Committee concerned.
DIG Niraj Bahadur Shahi of CIB said that they have deployed an investigation team on Friday itself.
A total of 475,003 students throughout the nation are appearing in the SEE that began from March 24 and will conclude on April 4.