New Delhi, March 27: A handwritten Class 12 Economics paper was received by teachers in their Whatsapp groups on March 26, leading to the discovery of yet another leak in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) board examination 2018. Upon receiving the Economics board exam question paper, the teachers initially thought of it as another sample paper made by someone for the students’ practice but when they tallied it on Monday morning, it was found that it was the same paper as the one given to students during the exam. A board official said that they would look into the matter and conduct a probe. (Also Read: CBSE to Conduct Re-Examination For Class XII Economics, Class X Maths Paper)
Speaking about the shocking revelation, a senior teacher teaching at a Gurgaon school said that these handwritten sample papers were being circulated on both teachers’ and students’ Whatsapp groups for several days. He added that he didn’t pay much attention and took it to be just another sample paper. Teachers said the reason for doing so is that they themselves keep preparing revision cum sample papers for their students.
Another teacher, the head of the department of economics in one of Delhi’s private schools, said usually such samples are circulated on a bigger scale and not on chats groups but it was more than shocking to see that the alleged paper and the one which was given to the students had the exact same numerals. Yet another teacher too claimed that he had heard about the circulation of handwritten papers through various chats groups but he never believed them and neither did he use any of the alleged sample papers.
After the incident came to light, The Times of India itself tallied the questions of the alleged leaked paper and the one which was given to the students during their exam and a large part of it was found exactly similar. The only exception was that there were no choices given in the handwritten one. Although TOI possesses the screenshots of the forwarded question papers, it’s authenticity couldn’t be confirmed. However, a telephonic tip off of a paper being leaked surfaced at about 9.30 AM while the exam had to start to at 10:30 AM. The board will look into the allegations and investigate further about the alleged paper leak, said an official.