New Delhi: The government on Friday announced a re-examination date for the CBSE Class 12 economics paper and said a decision on conducting a re-exam for the Class 10 math paper will be taken later, amid protests, politics and an ongoing investigation.
The Class 12 economics re-exam will be held on 25 April, while the Class 10 maths re-exam, if needed, will be held in Delhi and Haryana only, and that too only in July, said Anil Swarup, secretary in the Union human resource development (HRD) ministry’s department of school education and literacy. He added that the decision was taken because there isn’t much time for inquiry and keeping the students’ future in mind. Swarup said there was no paper leak outside India and that the police and departmental enquiries have been initiated.
On 28 March, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced it will re-conduct Class 12 economics and Class 10 maths examinations as both papers were leaked.
The decision angered students across the country and they have been protesting since Wednesday.
On Friday, students protested in front of HRD minister Prakash Javadekar’s residence as well, after which the Delhi Police imposed Section 144 in the area.
Political parties got into the act as well, with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray asking students and parents to “boycott the re-examinations" and the Biju Janata Dal’s student wing calling for Javadekar’s resignation. Delhi’s deputy chief minister and education minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Javadekar calling for a day-long session of all state education ministers to ensure such serious incidents do not happen again. Sisodia said in his letter, “This is an issue on which we need to move beyond party politics because every time an examination paper is leaked... the negative consequences are for country, not just to any one government or one party."
CBSE on 23 March received an anonymous fax around 4.22pm which said a person from a coaching institute in Rajendra Nagar was involved in a question paper leak. It also said two schools in the same locality were also involved. On 26 March, an un-addressed envelope with copies of four sheets of hand-written answers of the economics exam held the same day was delivered at CBSE Academic Unit around 6pm. It was indicated that the question paper kept inside the envelope had been leaked and circulated through WhatsApp, and mentioned four mobile numbers which had access to it.
On 28 March, the CBSE chairperson received an email that said the Class 10 math paper had been leaked. The email had 12 photo attachments of a hand-written Class 10 math question paper. The email was sent in the intervening night of 27 March and 28 March at around 1.39am and the math exam was held as scheduled on 28 March.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police on Friday started its investigations and questioned people who were allegedly named in the complaints in the FIR. It also sought help from Google to trace the place and computer from which the email was sent to the CBSE chairperson.