Adding on to the distress of students taking board exams for X and XII grade, CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) announced students will have to sit for re-examination for Math and Economics subjects respectively. This decision has come after the officials were updated on the paper leak of the two subjects on social-media, hours before the final exams.
CBSE in circular about the re-examination informed “with a view to uphold the sanctity of the board examinations and in the interest of fairness to the students, the board has decided to re-conduct the examinations… .” Prakash Javadekar, HRD (Human Resource Development) minister confirmed that “2-3 papers” were leaked while addressing the press, and he assured that a complaint had been filed with the police for further investigation. The HRD minister emphasized that the paper leak was limited to only to Delhi and not the whole of India.
The regional director of CBSE has filed a complaint with the Delhi Police and a case has been registered under the charges of cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy. The special team of Delhi Police has initiated the investigation and has spoken to 25 people, mostly students who had access to handwritten question papers before the exam.
The question papers were shared on WhatsApp and police hopes to track the chain of messages, to nab the culprits. The leak of Economics question paper was reported on Monday, when the exam was scheduled. However, CBSE denied any such mishap. On March 15, there was also reports of Accountancy papers for XII grade being leaked and the CBSE board denied that as well.
Congress has expressed its disappointment in the issue of paper leak. Congress leader Ajay Maken shred via his tweet that his son had ]prepared well for the exams and was now despondent due to the re-examination. Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader tweeted his discontent with the CBSE by saying, “the CBSE leak is a disgrace & accountability is essential. Officials must be culpable, yet it is innocent students who will be punished.”
(Source: NDTV, The Hindu)