"Fake News": COHSEM clarifies on cancellation notice of class XI, XII exams

A notification is being circulated on various social media platforms regarding the cancellation of class XI and XII examinations.

Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur (COHSEM) on Monday clarified that a notification being circulated on various social media platforms regarding the cancellation of class XI and XII examinations purported to be issued by the council is a fake and fabricated document.

The matter of the fake notification bearing no.2/4/98 HSC 9 (Vol-IV) dated May 9, 2021, has been reported to the police for registration of an FIR and necessary investigation, stated a release signed by COHSEM secretary Ch Biren Singh.  

It clarified that the class XI and XII examinations are only being postponed in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation and any decision for cancellation of exams or otherwise are yet to be taken.

COHSEM condemns such irresponsible actions which affect the lives of students and parents, particularly their mental health and well-being, it stated, adding the clarification is issued so that it may put to rest the anxieties of students and parents.

COHSEM further informed that any official notification or information by the council shall be uploaded in the official website of the council- www.cohsem.nic.in  and will also be circulated in local daily newspapers. Any unreliable information through unofficial channels or social media platforms should be treated with caution, it added.

Meanwhile, the Cyber Crime police station has registered an FIR following a complaint filed by COHSEM secretary to investigate the matter immediately and apprehend the culprits at the earliest.

The application also mentioned that the matter was brought into notice by assistant section officer of the council, Ph Rajesh Sharma who is the administrator of a WhatsApp group named ‘Council Higher secondary and Coll group’, it mentioned.  

The said fake notification was forwarded to the WhatsApp group by mobile number 7005123180, it stated.

Considering the anguish and anxiety caused to students, parents and the public at large by the fake notification, COHSEM called the matter a serious crime while also asserting that the reputation and image of the council has been seriously harmed and tarnished.  

COHSEM, in its application to Cyber Crime PS, further requested that the fake notification be removed from circulation on the internet and all social media platforms, it added.


First Published:May 10, 2021, 9:12 p.m.

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