CBSE chief Anita Karwal must be the most hated person in the country right now. Thanks to some corrupt officials within the CBSE, students of class 10 and class 12 will have to sit for their exams again.

In a recent press release issued by the board, the CBSE said that it has referred the matter to the Delhi police for a detailed investigation. The board announced that the economics exam for class 12 students will be conducted on April 25. The CBSE, in its press release, also stated that so far they have not decided on re-conducting the math test for class 10 students across the country. The exam will be conducted only in Haryana and Delhi.

However, if, after investigation, it comes to light that the class 10 maths paper was leaked, the board will re-conduct the exam across the country on July 28.

Amid this board exam chaos, the Congress party accused the ruling BJP of playing a role in the CBSE question paper leak.

Fire Karwal, says Congress

Pointing out a series of irregularities, the Opposition has demanded the immediate ouster of Karwal.

Reports claim that the leak of class 10 and class 12 question papers occurred over social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp. The Centre had earlier decided that students across the country re-take the examination. However, in a press conference held on Friday by Education Secretary Anil Swarup, it was announced that while class 12 students across the state will sit for the exam again, the class 10 math exam will be re-conducted only in Delhi and Haryana.

Furious class 10 students who took to Twitter said that this move was unfair as the exam papers were leaked across the country. They alleged that the leak had come from within and higher officials at the exam board are involved in the mishap.

Congress also demanded the immediate dismissal of Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar. The minister had earlier announced that class 10 students from the following states will not sit for the re-examination.

  • Karnataka
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Jammu & Kashmir
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Punjab
  • Uttarakhand
  • Chandigarh
  • Rajasthan
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • Bihar
  • Jharkhand
  • West Bengal
  • Northeastern states
  • Odisha
  • Gujarat
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Telangana
  • Puducherry
  • Andaman and Nicobar
  • Lakshadweep
  • Kerala
  • Goa
  • Maharashtra
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Chhattisgarh

Criticizing the mainstream media, he said that he is shocked to see headlines in some news channels about confusion over retest. “Of the 16 lakh school students, more than 14 lakh of Class X will not have to re-take the Math test,” he said, adding that the government’s decision is final.

He also reiterated that the authorities are looking into the leak. “The re-examination will be conducted for class 10 match only of the police uncover a large-scale leak,” he said.

What's large-scale leak?

This remark by the HRD minister did not go well with both students and parents.

Posing a question to the minister, students who took to social media asked: “Can you explain how it is possible that the question paper was leaked only in Delhi and Haryana? It was leaked through Whatsapp in many states. We are disappointed in your decision.”

Another user on Twitter asked the HRD minister to explain ‘large-scale leak.’ The user said: “What do you mean by a leak on a large scale? No doubt the leak happened everywhere and re-exam should be conducted across the country. It would only take a couple of seconds to forward the question paper across the country.”

Pradip Bhandari, People's Entrepreneur, Founder, CEO, Managing Editor-Jan Ki Baat, said that the country needs a National Testing Agency which conducts exam like GRE/GMAT. “Infusing technology is a must. Technology will reduce chances of a leak,” he said, adding that the CBSE director should resign as the CBSE has failed the students in doing its duty.

He also added that the culprits should be booked under the National Security Act.

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