The School Service Commission (SSC) examination, which was finally held on Sunday, 29th July, 2012 after a series of postponements, ended amid huge controversy with question papers arriving late at some centres. There have also been cases where question papers fell short and at some centres, they did not arrive at all. With candidates fuming over the utter mismanagement of the commission, SSC chairman Chittaranjan Mondal announced later in the day that the exam will be held again in two regions northern and eastern within a month. However, after discussing with the chief minister, education minister Bratya Basu clarified that re-examination will be held only in five centres two in Howrah (Bagnan and Rasulpur), one each in Burdwan, Hooghly and Malda where various problems regarding the availability of question papers cropped up.
He also assured those students who had taken the examinations that their papers will not be cancelled. According to the education minister, a committee has been set up to probe the anomalies that have been reported from various centres. At Adarsha Balika Vidyalaya in Howrah, 623 candidates had turned up for the exam. But only 412 question papers arrived till 11.00 am, the scheduled time for the start of the exam. School headmistress Pratima Maity said she was informed on Thursday, 26th July, 2012 that 412 candidates will take the test at the centre. But, on Friday, 27th July, 2012 she was handed a list of 623 candidates and sitting arrangements were made accordingly. However, only 412 questions papers arrived on Sunday, 29th July, 2012 the day of the exam.
District officials, who rushed to the spot to handle the agitation, were gheraoed by the candidates. This prompted police to swing into action. But Rapid Action Force had to be deployed soon as the situation went out of police control. Though the commission officials rushed in 150 more question papers by 11.40 am, 40 minutes behind schedule and instructed the centre to start the exam, candidates refused to sit for the test. By the time it started at 3.15pm, there were only 186 candidates. Some students even alleged that they were instigated by Amta MLA Ashish Mitra not to sit for the exam. The MLA refused the allegation. At Malda Womens College, 489 candidates could not take the exam as only 25 question papers arrived till the time of the exam.
The chairman of the commission (Northern zone), Abdul Wahab denied having called off the exam and said the decision was taken by Chaitali Chattaraj, principal of the college, single handedly. At Kharagpur Silver Jubilee School, 13 candidates of work education could not take the exam in their subject papers as the question papers did not arrive. Mondal suspects that the chaos has been the result of some conspiracy. He said that a particular MLA had gone to the Writers 72 hours before the exam and requested the concerned people to reschedule it after the Ramzan. Some people have been trying to get it postponed and threatened me for the same. In some centres, the chaos was prompted by the rivalry between the political parties, Mondal alleged. Meanwhile, five persons, including SSC candidates, got injured after a tree fell on them when they were waiting outside Brajamohan School at Paschim Putiary.
Courtesy: Times of India