The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has published the date of the Class 12th economics Paper. HRD Secretary of the ministry (school education) Anil Swarup said on Friday said re-examination of Class 12 economics will be held on April 25.
However, the current situation in the second mathematics exam on the 10th is not clear. Swarup said that the investigation is ongoing and that within the next 15 days.
It will be decided whether it is necessary to re-examine the 10th Math. Whether or not it needs to be re-examined, it will be completed in Delhi NCR and Haryana and will be completed in July.
Swarup said the decision to conduct fresh exams won’t affect the date of publication of the results, which usually happens in May end.
Important CBSE announcements:
- No leak of CBSE papers outside India, hence no re-exam will be held abroad
- CBSE Class X Mathematics examination likely to be held in July
- Class XII Economics re-exam on April 25: Education Secretary
“This decision to hold Class 12 examination is in context, nature, and consequences of the examination of Class 12 examination.
Most importantly there is no time for a detailed inquiry where exactly the leak happened,” said Anil Swarup.
“Our immediate concern of the children who have suffered and this decision is in that context. We will nail the person who did this,” Anil Swarup added.
“For Class 10 Maths, the examination will take place if it is found that the leaks had been in Delhi and Haryana.
The decision will be only for Delhi and Haryana for rest of the states no re-examination will happen,” Anil Swarup said.
“This is not a perfect solution, in such a case there is no perfect solution possible. But we tried our best to limit the damage as much as possible.
The information is limited and we are yet to ascertain what went wrong.
Thus in such a situation, this decision was the best alternative we had,” added Anil Swarup.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi Police interrogated over 30 people, including students and teachers of private coaching centers, in connection with the question paper leaks, who seized over a dozen mobile phones from them.
Ever since the papers were leaked, scores of students have taken to mass-protesting to express their dissatisfaction over the poor governance and the CBSE re-examination decision.
On Wednesday, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed after the CBSE registered two cases with the Crime Branch.
The papers of Class 12 Economics was held on March 26, and Class 10 Maths, held on March 28, were leaked on social media hours before the examination.
A first information report (FIR) earlier revealed that the Central Board of Secondary Education had received an e-mail on March 28 at 1.29 am with 12 images of the CBSE Class 10 mathematics paper, but the CBSE completely ignored the tip-off sent by a person yet to be identified, according to media reports.
The CBSE leaked paper, which was even circulated on social media application WhatsApp was initially sold off for Rs 35,000, but the prices later dropped to Rs 5,000, according to media reports. It is alleged that 1,000 students in Delhi may have accessed the paper.
The Delhi Police has written to Google to share details of the ID from which the CBSE chairperson was sent the e-mail about the paper being leaked, the police officials said.
Here are the top 5 developments in the CBSE paper leak saga, the announcement of CBSE re-examination dates, and the probe into the matter:
1) Class 12 economics exam on 25 April, Class 10 maths likely in July: The re-examination of CBSE’s Class 12 economics paper will be held on April 25, while the re-test for Class 10 mathematics is likely to be conducted in July, Education Secretary Anil Swarup said on Friday.
Why CBSE didn’t cancel maths re-exam: Anil Swarup said that although the mail had come at 1:29 am on March 28, it was only seen at 8:55 am, therefore, stopping the exam that was scheduled to commence at 10 am was not feasible.
“Putting the children at an inconvenience at some fellow’s message who might be playing a trick…we could not have done that,” Anil Swarup said, according to media reports.
“The mail came at 1.29 am on March 28 (early Wednesday) but the mail was seen at 8.55 am by the CBSE chairman. The paper was sent for verification. Just because there was an alert, we couldn’t have stopped the exam,” said Anil Swarup.
He said a preliminary enquiry has revealed that the leak for Class 10 mathematics paper is restricted to Delhi and Haryana. There has been no leak outside India, hence no re-examination will be held outside the country.
2) Alternate set of papers could have checked leaks: Former CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly on Friday lashed out at the board for “inept handling” of the CBSE paper leak issue, contending that the introduction of one set of question paper from this year did more harm than good both for the students as well as the board.
Delhi University professor J L Gupta, closely associated with the CBSE examination till recently, was also critical of the functioning of the board, observing that “alternate set of question papers” could have saved the board from the present crisis.
“When you are handling an examination of this magnitude, you should have a Plan B and Plan C ready. The leakages and the delay in announcing the dates of the re-examination of two papers show there was no such plans in place,” Ganguly, who headed the board for eight years till 2008, told PTI.
3) Govt sheltering ‘exam mafia’, says Congress: The Congress on Friday accused the government of sheltering the “exam mafia” that it said has taken over the examination system in the country and asked Narendra Modi that why has he not apologised for the CBSE paper leaks yet.
Congress spokesperson Kapil Sibal said it is the first time in the country’s history that a question paper has been leaked in this manner and asked if the prime minister was “not concerned” about lakhs of students being forced to take the exams again.
“When the government cannot keep the question papers safe, how will it secure the country… The manner in which the question paper has been leaked, no one has taken responsibility for it. This is a very serious issue,” he said.
4) Class 10 students celebrate in Mumbai: CBSE class 10 students celebrate in Mumbai after Education secretary Anil Swarup said ‘if it at all class 10th re-exam will happen, it will happen only in Delhi & Haryana.
Class 10th students celebrate in #Mumbai after Education secretary Anil Swarup said 'if it at all class 10th re-exam will happen, it will happen only in Delhi & Haryana' #CBSEPaperLeak pic.twitter.com/mhLtcU8Usv
— ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2018
5) Javadekar’s ‘challenge’ to students: Facing flak over the CBSE paper leaks issue, Prakash Javadekar on Friday turned to students for finding a solution to this “challenge”.
“I am facing one problem in the country. It is a problem of paper leak.
So, how to solve it is also a challenge. And I am throwing this challenge to students. Some people can also work after Hackathon and give us suggestions, Javadekar said, while addressing students at an event marked to launch the finale of the Smart India Hackathon 2018 (Software Edition).
After the CBSE’s announcement of re-examination, the Congress had sought Javadekar’s resignation and a probe by a high court judge.
Javadekar has termed the CBSE examination paper leak issue as unfortunate and said the culprits would not go scot-free.
Section 144 outside Javadekar’s house: In light of the ongoing protests against the leak of Class 10 and 12 question papers, Section 144, which prohibits the gathering of a group of people with the mutual intent of deliberate disturbance of the peace, has been imposed outside Prakash Javadekar’s Kushak Road residence in Delhi.
the CBSE chairperson was sent the e-mail about the paper being leaked, the police officials said.
The Delhi Police had registered separate cases on March 27 and March 28, respectively, to probe the leak of the Class 12 economics paper and Class 10 mathematics paper, following a complaint by the regional director of the CBSE.
The cases were registered on charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy.
In the complaint pertaining to the mathematics paper, the board has said that a day before the exam, an e-mail was received on the CBSE chairperson’s official ID informing about the leak, the officials said.
In the mail, the sender had stated that the mathematics paper was leaked on WhatsApp and that it should be cancelled, they said. The mail also contained attachments of the handwritten mathematics paper leaked on WhatsApp, according to the complaint.