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CBSE exam paper leak: Police raids begin; 2.8 mn students hit; top updates

CBSE exam paper leak: Police raids begin; 2.8 mn students hit; top updates

More than 2.8 million students have been affected by CBSE decision on Wednesday to re-conduct examination for two papers of Class X and XII. A class XII student preparing for his exams. File photo 

CBSE paper leak, re-examinations, and student dejection. These are the words hanging fire over students and their parents as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced re-examination in the Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics subjects in the wake of reports of paper leaks. Subsequently, the Delhi police has been carrying out raids over the CBSE paper leak. Meanwhile, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar has said a new leak-proof system would be put in place for conducting board exams. 

Seeking to reach out to parents and students worried over the alleged incidents of repeated leaks, Javadekar said he has spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him about the developments.With the help of technology, the government would put in place a system "which is so foolproof that there is no leak", Javadekar added.

He also said that the HRD ministry had initiated an internal probe into the matter. 

The Delhi Police's Crime Branch has also begun investigating the alleged leak of the CBSE's Class 12 economics paper and registered a separate case in connection with the alleged leak of the Class 10 mathematics paper.

On March 26, Class XII CBSE students were left appalled following the rumours of their Economics paper being leaked on social media hours before the examination. Reports of the question paper being leaked circulated through social media and WhatsApp several hours before the time of the exam.

However, CBSE had denied the claims, saying "We have checked with all examination centres and the paper was not leaked."

According to a news channel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed unhappiness about the leak of Class 10 and 12 CBSE papers. Modi called HRD minister Prakash Javadekar after the Central education board decided to reschedule the exams following reports of a leak of question papers. The CBSE conducts 24 exams annually for 120 million (1.2 crore) students. This year, 16,38,428 students registered for Class X and 11,86,306 for the Class XII board examinations.

Attacking the Modi government, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that it should be renamed as 'Paper Leak Government'.

Students can check out details on cbse.nic.in

Top 10 developments around CBSE Class 12 Economics paper, CBSE class 10 Mathematics paper leak

1) Delhi police carrying out raids over CBSE paper leak: Investigating the CBSE paper leak, the Delhi Police Crime Branch is conducting raids at various locations across Delhi, reported news agency ANI on Wednesday.

2) AAP slams Modi government over CBSE paper leak: With 2.8 million students affected by the CBSE Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics paper leak, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) slammed the Narendra Modi-led central government for the leakage of various examination papers in the country. Raising the issue of the paper leak in the Delhi Assembly, AAP's Alka Lamba said that Prime Minister Modi "gave big lectures to the students on the examination" but the students were "suffering as they will have to reappear". She added that the Centre was "answerable for this". 

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who holds the education portfolio in the state government, said that the Modi government has become a "leakage government".  

"First SSC, now CBSE, they also leaked the dates of polls before the Election Commission's official announcement. I am not raising any questions against CBSE's efficiency but the recent leakage is unfortunate...," he said.

3) People tweet frustration over CBSE leaks: People on Wednesday vented their anger and frustration on Twitter after the announcement of re-examination came. 

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken tweeted how his son and many other students were feeling dejected following the reports

Several other students also took to social media to express their displeasure.

4) 'I don't know what my fault is': Akanksha Sharma, 15, a Class 10 student from south Delhi said: "I don't know what my fault is. Why should I write my math exam again? Just tell me why. It is not my fault. I should not be punished for the paper leak," reported news agency IANS.

Sharma said she was confident of having done well in her maths exams but is "already stressed and uncertain how it is going to be in a fresh exam".

Ironically, she said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed CBSE students in a televised address, asking "us not to fear exams".

"Is this what he meant we should not fear about," she said, urging the government to revoke the decision and "not make our lives miserable".

"Are we supposed to keep our faith in the system, on the board, which has failed us before we could have failed in our exams," she added.

5) 'My faith in CBSE has been shaken':Wahid Sultan, a Kashmiri student studying in Delhi Public School, said whatever the reasons may be "my faith in the professional conduct of the CBSE is shaken". 

"Obviously, the leak may have happened on their front but why punish us. How is it going to help us? Don't they understand a simple logic that leaked paper would have reached a select few but punishment is given to all. This is like acting greater than God."

A student of Sardar Patel School in Delhi, Ojas, charged the board with acting like an "absolute authority" and felt "completely helpless" at the situation.

"We were shocked to hear of the news. CBSE knew of the rumours earlier of the paper leaks but it issued a note saying there was no paper leak and went ahead with the exam"

"It reacted very casually then. When a government authority issues a statement we take it very seriously... this is how it (CBSE) is ruining the future of students," Ojas told IANS.

6) SIT set up to probe Class 12 Economics paper, CBSE class 10 Mathematics paper leak: Delhi Police set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of its Crime Branch to probe the alleged leak of CBSE Class 12 Economics paper, CBSE class 10 Mathematics papers.

"The SIT is headed by Joint Commissioner Alok Kumar. It will also have DCP and ACP rank officers conducting the probe," Special Commissioner of Police R P Upadhyay said.

The SIT was formed after the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) registered two cases with the Crime Branch.

Alok Kumar, joint commissioner of police, crime, confirmed a case was registered on Tuesday following a complaint by the Board.

The first case was registered on Tuesday evening about the Class 12 economics question paper leak and the second, related to the leak of the Class 10 maths paper, was filed on Wednesday. 

Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) R P Upadhyay and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar also held a meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik in the evening to discuss the future course of investigation.

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7) Govt conducting internal probe: A new system would be put in place from Monday to ensure no leaks take place and the government would ensure that there is no injustice, Javadekar said.

He said he was "saddened" by reports that the papers had leaked and asserted that he was confident that the police would investigate and nab the culprits.

"CBSE had a very solid system in place. But if someone is leaking it or there is some loophole in it, taking that into consideration, a new system will be put in place from Monday which will ensure there is no such leakage.This I want to assure parents and students. I am confident that police will investigate and nab the culprits," Javedkar said, according to PTI.

8) CBSE Class 12 Economics paper, CBSE class 10 Mathematics paper leak: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to re-conduct the examinations for Economics (Class 12th) and Mathematics (for Class 10). Earlier, the board had denied any leak and urged students and parents not to panic.

"We have checked with all examination centres and the paper was not leaked. The source of the circulation of this information is not known yet. We want to urge the students and parents to not panic and assure them that the board is doing its best to ensure the sanctity of the examination," a senior CBSE official said.

On Sunday, a day before the Class XII Economics exam, a hand-written question paper was making the rounds on WhatsApp, students said.

ALSO READ: Their faith in CBSE shaken, students fume over re-exam decision

This is what Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) notice said: The board has taken cognizance of certain happenings in the conduct of certain examinations as are being reported. With the view to uphold the sanctity of the Board Examinations and in the interest of the fairness to the students, the Board has decided to re-conduct the examinations. Dates for fresh examinations and the other details shall be hosted on the CBSE website within a week, a CBSE notice said.

9) Students, teachers to approach Delhi High Court for CBSE exam paper leak: Meanwhile, some teachers, parents, and students are planning to move the Delhi High Court seeking re-exam and an independent probe on the leaks. The parents and students claim that even the class X Social studies and class XII biology exam were leaked, among others.

10) CBSE Maths exams to be held across India? CBSE is yet to clarify if the re-exam will be for the Delhi region or all India.

11) Delhi govt orders probe into complaints of CBSE Class 12 accountancy paper leak: The Delhi government said that it had received complaints of class 12 CBSE accountancy paper being leaked, after which a probe was ordered, even as the board denied any leak.

DoE officials, who were asked to probe the issue, said the question paper being circulated on Whatsapp matches the original paper but the suspected leak has not been ascertained yet.

"The question paper circulating on Whatsapp matches the set 2 of the question paper but since the exact time at which it was circulated first is not yet known, the leak cannot be ascertained. We are looking into it," a senior DoE official said, on condition of anonymity.

12) Manish Sisodia asked CBSE to investigate Class XII accountancy question paper leak: The news came to light after Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted asking officers of Directorate of Education to investigate the alleged leakage.

"Received complaints of Class 12 CBSE Accountancy paper being leaked.Asked officers of Directorate of Education to investigate&lodge complaint with CBSE.Swift action must be taken, so that hard-working students don't suffer due to the negligence of CBSE," tweeted Sisodia.

Purported copies of the paper were doing round on Whatsapp and social media.

The paper was reportedly leaked in Rohini and later circulated in the national capital via WhatsApp.

13) 'CBSE Class XII accountancy question paper was not leaked': The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) earlier denied the reports of alleged leakage of Class XII accountancy question paper. In a statement, the Board informed that some miscreants tried to play mischief by circulating messages through WhatsApp, however, strict actions will be taken against such activities.

"There has been no leakage of the question paper. All the seals have been found intact at all the exam centres. During the process of exam, however, at local level some miscreants have tried to play mischief by circulating messages through WhatsApp and social media to disturb the sanctity of examinations.CBSE has decided to take strict action against such activities.FIR is being lodged by CBSE," read an official statement.

Controversy continued to court the CBSE board.

14) No decision yet on compensating students for "error" in class X English paper, says CBSEThe Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on March 19 said it was undecided on providing compensation to Class X students for an alleged error in the English question paper.

Teachers and students have been claiming that the paper held on March 12 had certain errors in the comprehension passage section.

The passage section of the paper where students were expected to find synonyms of 'endurance, obstruction and motivation' in paragraphs two, four and five, respectively had its answers in paras three and six. Certain typos also led to confusion among students, an online petition started by a group of students said.

Reports were doing round that the board has decided to compensate students for the "error", however, the board officials clarified that no decision has been taken yet.

15) CBSE exam paper leak in 2006: In 2006, the police uncovered the leaked CBSE question paper of Business Studies while it was searching for suspects related to the Varanasi bomb blasts. The police in Panipat in Haryana searched every hotel and dhaba for information related to the blasts and, instead, found the leaked papers.

16) Another leak in 2011: In 2011, three persons, Krishnan Raju, principal of government senior secondary school at Lapati, Rashid, an executive engineer of the Andamans PWD, and Vijayan, a forest ranger, were arrested on charges of leaking the question papers of the on-going CBSE exams. The question papers included those of science and mathematics of Class XII.

Students, parents panic after CBSE announces re-exam for Class 12 Economics, Class 10 Maths papers. Some of them expressed their anger on Twitter:

17) Shashi Tharoor on CBSE's decision to reconduct Class 12 Economics, Class 10 Maths exam after paper leak

"In our area these papers weren't leaked, so why must we suffer? Does CBSE have a good answer?Our inability to prevent such leaks is the besetting failure of our exam system. Why punish students?"

CRITERIA FOR PASSING MARKS (CLASS 12):

In order to be declared as having passed the examination, a candidate shall obtain a grade higher than E (i.e. at least 33 per cent marks) in all the five subjects of external examination in the main or at the compartmental examinations. For the subject related to practical work, 33 per cent marks in theory and 33 per cent marks in practical, along with 33 per cent marks in aggregate is required.

No overall division/distinction/aggregate shall be awarded

A candidate will be eligible to get the pass certificate of the Board if he/she gets a grade higher than 'E' in all subjects of internal assessment unless he/she is exempted. Failing this, the result of the external examination will be withheld but not for a period of more than one year.

A language offered as an additional subject may replace a language in the event of a candidate failing in the same provided after replacement the candidate has English/Hindi as one of the languages.

CBSE was established in 1962. CBSE affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas, all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, private schools and most of the schools approved by central government of India. Every year, the board conducts the class 10 and class 12 exam in the month of March.

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