The Class 8 students appeared for the Social Science Exam on Thursday, wherein half of the state, they were shocked to find that Punjabi Question Papers were distributed instead of Social Science Paper.
The State Council of Educational Research and Training is the conducting body and blames the mishappening at the private firm where the questions are printed.
This mishappening was conducted in over 12 districts including Barnala, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ludhiana, Mansa, Pathankot, Patiala, Rupnagar, Sangrur, Tarn Taran, SBS Nagar (Nawanshahr) and Mohali. It has been reported that a new punjabi question paper will be framed which is scheduled to be conducted on March 19, 2019.
Finally, after the chaos, schools arranged the social science paper and exam commenced after an hour later concluding at 1:00 pm. State Council of Educational Research and Training director Inderjit Singh agreed, “It is an error on the part of the printer. They packed Punjabi papers in packets meant for social studies. We have blacklisted the firm; it will also be penalized for this mistake.”
In 6 of the exam centers in Ludhiana, this mishappening was witnessed including Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Jagraon Bridge; GSSS, Engine Shed; Government High School, Sarih; GSSS, Dharour; GSSS Pamaal and GSSS Hargobindpura.
Government Senior Secondary School, Jagraon Bridge, principal, Naib Kaur said, “Teachers on duty informed me. I called up the district authorities and got the copy of the correct question paper from one of the centers nearest to our school.” A Class-8 student, said, “The correct paper was not distributed till 1.45pm. After 2 pm, it was distributed and we attempted the exam.”
In Sangrur district, the problem was witnessed in Sherpur, Sunam, Lehragaga and Moonak areas. Paramjit Singh, the district examination controller, said, “The issue was rectified as soon as we could. Students were given the full time of three hours to write the exam.”
DEO Sukhbir Singh said, “The issue was the packing of wrong papers. Now, the Punjabi exam may be canceled.”
In districts Bhikhiwind, Brahmpura, Dubali and Mundapind, the exam commenced half-an-hour late.
“After we detected that wrong papers had been sent, we directed the examination staff to get the social studies paper from the nearest examination center. Photocopies of the social studies paper was distributed to students,” said DEO (secondary), Nirmal Singh.