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Brief

– ‘Marks for Money’ racket busted by Assam Police

– Racket awarded higher marks in Class 10 and 12 state board examinations in lieu of money

– 2 people arrested from Kamrup district, 7 other detained for questioning

– Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has directed police to ‘act tough’ against culprits

– Exams Results scheduled for release by July 31, 2021

Full Report

Guwahati, July 19: Assam Police have busted a racket that awarded higher marks in Class 10 and 12 state board examinations in lieu of money and arrested two persons from Kamrup district. Seven others have been detained for questioning.

Police are interrogating seven more government school teachers and school inspectors including a coordinator of the state board for their alleged involvement in the money-for-marks scam.

In the wake of the 2nd wave of the pandemic, Assam had cancelled its board exams for both 10th and 12th standards, instead devised an evaluation formula based on results of previous years and internal assessments.

Results of the evaluation process were to be declared by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, Assam Chief minister Himanta Biswa sarma has sent a strong warning to education department officials on the unearthing of this scam saying he has asked the police to ‘act tough’.

He said, “I have instructed SEBA chairman to hold a video conference with all the school inspectors and warn them that the government will not tolerate any corrupt practice. We have instructed the police to investigate and act tough. We want to send a message to the school inspectors that we have information on what corrupt practices are on, if they don’t give up, we will act very tough. The results will be published by 31st July but we will find each of the culprits.”

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