New Delhi, Mar 30: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced on Friday the dates for the re-examination for CBSE Class 10 Maths and Class 12 Economics papers. Addressing the media, Education Secretary Anil Swarup said that while the Economics re-exam would be held on April 25, the date for CBSE Class 10 Maths exam was yet to be decided but would be announced within a fortnight. In a relief to lakhs of class 10 students, he said that since the Maths paper leak was restricted to Delhi and Haryana, re-test would be held in those two states only. The re-exam is likely to be held in July, he said. (Also Read: Section 144 around Prakash Javadekar’s residence)
Swarup said there were a number of papers out there on social media and all of them needed to be investigated. He refused to either confirm or deny that there was a paper leak, insisting that the case was being probed thoroughly. To a question if this year there was just one set of question papers instead of multiple sets as was done in previous years, he said, “Don’t jump the gun,” and that details would come out only after the probe. He said these were process-related issues and since the matter was being investigated, he wouldn’t comment on it. He said while there was no way of confirming that class 10 paper leak was restricted to Delhi and Haryana, there were fake reports of paper leak as well. (Also Read: Don’t Subject Students And Parents to Re-exams, BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar)
Swarup said that one needed to understand that Class 12 exam was far more important as the students had to join some college or the other and so they could not allow for selective re-test because in that case, some students would have their results in hand while that of some others would be delayed. He also said that a delay in the result of Class 10 students of Delhi and Haryana wouldn’t impact them much because most of them would continue in their own school, which cannot be the case with class 12 students. (Also Read: Protests spread across India)
Earlier in the day, the protest took on a political hue as members of the Congress’s Delhi unit and the party’s students’ body, NSUI, joined the agitating students. Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Prakash Javadekar held a meeting with CBSE chief Anita Karwal and other officials to finalise the dates and discuss the paper leak issue. Meanwhile, agitating students took their protest to Javadekar’s door and Section 144 was imposed at the Minister’s residence. Students threatened they wouldn’t sit for the re-exam and ransack the CBSE offices. They also demanded that Board chief Anita Karwal be sacked.
By afternoon, members of the Mumbai Parent-Teacher Association had written to Javadekar and Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde, requesting them not to conduct a re-exam for Class 10 Maths. Their plea was that the region did not report any paper leak. Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia also wrote to Javadekar, asking for a national level meeting to brainstorm and find ways to plug loopholes in our examination system.
Meanwhile, the probe took its own course. Delhi police is reported to have contacted Google over an email Karwal received on the eve of Class 10 Maths exam. The mail, also part of police’s second FIR, had 12 pages as attachments, of a handwritten copy of the question paper that was leaked on WhatsApp. The mail urged the CBSE chief to cancel the exam.
Police also detained six students for questioning in Jharkhand for their alleged role in the paper leak. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case has found that the question papers were leaked in as many as 15 WhatsApp groups. Of these groups, some had students as admins while tutors were admins of the rest. Each group had 50-60 members. SIT has also confiscated 15 mobile phones.