Culprit/s responsible for the missing answer scripts will be severely dealt with: Lyonchhen

40 class XII students of Trashitse Higher Secondary School in Trashigang re-appeared for the board exams

SONAM PENJOR | Thimphu

While preparing for the distribution of answer scripts for evaluation on 13 January, the Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) officials upon opening the consignment of Trashitse Higher Secondary School (HSS) in Trashigang discovered missing answer scripts for four subjects.

Following the episode, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering during the 48th meet the press on 20 January, said it is a huge disappointment and such incidents cannot be accepted.

A recent press release issued by the Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MoESD) states that the 2022 BHSEC examination was completed on 31 December 2022. The assessment of all the answer scripts of 84 schools began on 6 January and is being conducted by the BCSEA at Losel Gyatsho Academy in Sarpang.

The four BCSEA examination envelopes containing answer scripts for English II, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics were missing which affected 40 students of Class 12 studying in the school.

It states that the BCSEA immediately contacted the Supervising Examiner and the school authority regarding the matter. An internal investigation was also immediately conducted to assess if all necessary security protocols and standard operating procedures were adhered to regarding the answer scripts being securely packed, stored and handed over to Bhutan Post for secure delivery to the BCSEA marking venue.

“It was found that the secured boxes had been intentionally tampered with and specific examination envelopes for certain subjects had been removed,” the press release stated.

Lyonchhen said that an emergency meeting was conducted with relevant stakeholders to assess the incident.

The meeting decided that the incident needed a thorough investigation by the police due to criminal intent as the secure boxes had been tampered with, and a case had been filed by BCSEA with the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) in Gelephu.

Since it is a criminal case, the investigation cannot be done by the MoESD and BCSEA themselves, Lyonchhen said, adding that this has to be done by the police.

Education ministry sources said they have lodged a complaint with RBP in Gelephu, and that the police headquarters has taken over the matter.

According to sources, a similar incident occurred a decade ago in Haa. After the incident, the ministry has been very careful, Lyonchhen said. “I have instructed the RBP that we should be able to identify the culprit and fix him or her.”

It was decided that for the affected students, a re-examination will be conducted based on standby question papers. The assessment for the students appearing for the re-examination will also consider their performance during the course of the school year so that they are fairly assessed.

Lyonchhen said there is no other option than to make the affected students re-sit for the exam. He said he felt bad for the family and their children.

“All arrangements for re-examination have been made and full support is being extended to the affected students in terms of transportation, accommodation, meals and other logistics,” the PM said.

The students were also briefed and given some time to mentally prepare for the re-examination. Counselling support is also being made available. Lyonchhen said the affected students were also given a few days to prepare to re-sit for the exam.

Meanwhile, the press release states that the ministry deeply regrets this incident.

The press release further states that a thorough investigation is underway by the RBP, BCSEA and the school authority, and all necessary measures will be undertaken to prevent recurrence of such incidents in the future.

 

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