New Delhi, April 01: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will on Monday put its new URL-based system to deliver examination papers to use. In the new URL-based system, the examination centres will be downloading and printing the question papers on their own. The board has sent an “extremely confidential” set of instructions which are to be followed by the superintendents at the exam centre.

An email link to question papers was by the examination centres at 07:15 am today. The schools are required to log in by using the passwords that have been sent to the superintendents. Thereafter, over 2,000 printouts of the question paper are to be taken till 10:15 am in a room which would be under CCTV surveillance. While Class 10 students have Sanskrit, Urdu-B paper and French paper today, Class 12 students have Hindi core paper.

The new system, which was put to test just a day before, saw teachers and school principals panicking as they had limited resources and manpower. Many CBSE affiliated schools wrote to the board saying they didn’t have enough resources to run the new system effectively. “We have just one printer in our school, that too isn’t fast enough to download 150 question papers quickly,” a principal at a government school in south Delhi.

The board has asked all the schools to have high-speed internet, dongles as a backup, generators to avoid any sort of untoward problem. It even asked the schools to hire more manpower if required for the smooth conduct of the exams.

To combat the challenging situation being faced by teachers, schools had asked their staff to be present on Sunday for preparation. Principals of various schools called in their teachers and assigned each of them various duty hours for the examinations which would be held today. On the other hand, CBSE too had called in its staff at its headquarters on Sunday and assigned them various duties pan India for Monday’s examinations.