A school in Dahisar, from where around 500 SSC answersheets were stolen earlier this year, is in trouble as the Mumbai division of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has cancelled its registration.
On April 4, four days after the board exams ended, 516 answersheets of Mathematics and English were stolen from an evaluation centre at Isra Vidyalaya in Dahisar. The police had arrested two persons for stealing the papers and selling them to a scrap dealer. While 330 answersheets were recovered from where the duo had dumped them, the rest remained unaccounted for. The remaining students were assigned average marks received in other subjects. The board had set up an inquiry committee. “We have cancelled the registration of Isra Vidyalaya after an inquiry committee found several other discrepancies in the school,” said S Y Chandekar, secretary, Mumbai division, MSBSHSE. He said the committee found the school did not meet the infrastructural requirements or the teacher-student ratio mandated by the board.
The school that has around 50 students can now challenge the divisional office’s decision at the Board headquarters in Pune. “We are in the process of challenging the cancellation and are hopeful of a favourable decision,” said Narendra Phatak, principal, Isra Vidyalaya.
This is the second instance of the divisional office cancelling a school’s registration. Last month, the divisional office cancelled the registration of a junior college in Virar for alleged involvement in the HSC question paper leak that caused the board embarrassment earlier this year. An inquiry committee had found that the college had appointed an outsider as the exam-centre-in-charge without taking prior permission from the board, a decision that could have resulted in the leaks. “This year, we have cancelled registration of two institutes for exam and result-related issues,” said Chandekar. While the board is yet to hear the cases, the divisional office is making arrangements to transfer students to nearby schools and junior colleges, he said.