We shall call him Mr. X. He was a brilliant young man, an all-
rounder and was popular. No wonder he chose to become a teacher and
he did become one. He put himself to his tasks with heart and soul and
no wonder he became popular very soon. He could be seen in the field,
he would be called to address a students' audience, and he would be the
foremost in organizing any school function. Thus he became the favorite
of the Headmaster, and the envy of some of his seniors.
To mar his reputation something serious happened. It was the
annual examination and the question papers were being set. Naturally,
Mr. X being the confidant of the Headmaster was helping the latter in
collecting the question papers and sending them to the press.
But suddenly like a bolt from the blue, two days before the
Mathematics examination, the question paper was out and it was in the
hands of every boy. At first the news was a whisper and then it became
public. There was commotion in the school and the matter reached the
ears of the Headmaster. Indeed it was a shock to him and he could not
rush into any conclusion. He was a mature person but the teachers began
to view Mr. X with suspicion and though they never blamed him openly
they spread rumors that Mr. X had a hand in the pilfering of the
The rumor reached the ears of the Headmaster. Formally he
spoke to Mr. X about the leakage of the question papers and secretly
arranged for a fresh set of papers to be also printed through Mr. X. So
on the day of the examination the new set of papers was given to the
surprise and shock of all.
Mr. X had been worried when his colleagues looked upon him
with suspicion and the boys too began talking about his alleged complicity
in the leakage. The matter didn't stop there. It had reached the ears of the
management and so the Secretary wanted the Headmaster to hold on
enquiry into the conduct of Mr. X in this affair. Poor Mr. X had been
spending sleepless nights and wanted to clear his name.
Mr. X started enquiring from the boys how they had got the paper.
But the clue was not easily forthcoming as the boys refused to talk. Mr.
X would not take defeat. After all he was popular and there were a few
boys who were devoted to him. So Mr. X caught hold of one such boy
and promised him complete secrecy and protection. The boy was reluctant
at first but at last began slowly yielding to persuasion. He told Mr. X
how he got hold of the copy of the question paper and also the modus
operandi behind the debacle.
It had all happened this way. The question paper packets had
been sent by post to the press to be printed. The packets were sent
through the peon to the post office. One of the boys who was poor in
Mathematics and who wanted to pass bought the peon with a bribe and
got the question paper packets from him. He had it copied and then
repacked the original packet and posted it.
The boy with the question paper could not keep his secret
contained. He circulated copies of it to his intimate friends who in their
turn gave it to other boys until every student was having one copy of the
The information from the boy was passed on discreetly to the
Headmaster who enquired very tactfully. The boy who had actually
master-minded the plan refused to speak the truth, but the peon under
threat of dismissal admitted his having parted with the question papers
to the boy. When confronted by the guilty peon, the boy could not hold
his fort. He had to admit his guilt. Mr. X was relieved and now he could
go about his duties with a clear mind.
His honor was restored by the management of the school as well
as the public. Thus honesty always pays.