Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar and expresses unhappiness over CBSE Board paper leaks: sources.
"The board has taken cognizance of certain happenings in the conduct of certain examinations".
In the midst of this, some teachers and parents are planning to move the Delhi High Court and seek a re-exam, claiming that the Class 10 social studies and Class 12 biology question papers were leaked too. As the government scrambled to gather facts, the initial investigation has indicated that the leak may be the handiwork of a gang working in cahoots with individuals at a particular paper bank and a few schools.
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The Opposition has slammed the government, with Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala saying the Modi government should be renamed "Paper Leak Sarkaar". These exams will be re-conducted. While the Class XII economics paper was held on Monday, students appeared for Class X maths paper on Wednesday. While many are cheering, there are students who are also stressed and parents claiming this is simply not acceptable.
However, Javadekar did face flak on social media for the leak as well as the fact that he chose to focus more on the communal violence in West Bengal than on the plight on the lakhs of students affected by the leak. "The Union Cabinet has cleared the decks for the National Testing Agency to come into effect from next year to ensure leak-proof examination", Javadekar told the media at the BJP headquarters in Delhi. A probe was later ordered even though the board had denied any leak.
This is the second time that the CBSE has admitted that its question paper for Class 12 was leaked, after the leak of physics paper in the north-east in 2014.
In the earlier statement, the CBSE said all the seals have been found intact in all the centres.
People are expressing their disappointment with the Board and asking why should students who studied hard and wrote the exam be made to suffer. The CBSE official portal has released the circular stating the same. The question papers included those of science and mathematics of Class XII. The PM has asked for strict action.