10 teachers including headmaster arrested in SSC exam paper leak case in Andhra Pradesh

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Copying is not only done in UP and Bihar, but it is also happening indiscriminately in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh Police on Saturday arrested a headmaster for his alleged involvement in the leaking of Class X exam papers.

Amravati, IANS. Copying is not only done in UP and Bihar, but it is also happening indiscriminately in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Police in Andhra Pradesh’s Sri Sathya Sai district on Saturday arrested the headmaster of a government school for his alleged involvement in leaking class X exam papers. The chief superintendent, through police, has arrested Vijay Kumar, the headmaster of a high school in Nala Cheruvu, for allegedly leaking papers for failing to discharge his duties as the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination at Gandalapenta.

Prima facie investigation revealed that the headmaster had sent a copy of the English question paper through WhatsApp on Friday. The police interrogated him. SSC exams began across the state on Wednesday and for the third consecutive day on Friday, there have been reports of malpractices in the exam. Telugu and Hindi question papers were also leaked in the first two days in Kurnool and Chittoor districts. The police have arrested 12 people, including nine teachers.

A teacher working in a corporate school was also arrested. The English paper was leaked eight minutes after the commencement of the exam on Friday morning. The paper was allegedly posted on the WhatsApp group of a leader of a political party at Obuladevaracheruvu in Sri Sathya Sai district. As soon as this word spread, the District Education Officer launched an investigation.

It was found that Srinivasa Rao, a junior assistant working in the MPDO office in Nalla Chevu, posted the question paper in the WhatsApp group. Officials reached Gandalapenta after tracing the location of Srinivasa Rao’s cell phone and began a search at Gandalapenta Zilla Parishad High School. They confiscated the cell phones of Vijay Kumar and Water Boy Naresh. The investigation by the DEO and the police revealed that Vijay Kumar took pictures of the exam paper on his mobile phone and sent it to Srinivasa Rao. Police said that they had colluded with a private school management to leak the paper.

There was also a stir in Nandyal district’s Nandikotkur due to the leak of the question paper. Senior officials of the education department and police launched an investigation into a government school. He interrogated the Chief Examiner and other officers. Since the question paper holder had ‘Aashika’ written on his hand, the authorities screened 274 students and questioned some suspects. The DEO later said that the paper was not leaked from the school. Education Minister Botsa Satyanarayana had said on Friday that some people were trying to spread misinformation to defame the government.

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