Former CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly 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. The anger was palpable as both felt the board needs to be more competent as "complacency" has crept into its functioning. "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, said.
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The Congress has accused the government of sheltering the "exam mafia" that it said has taken over the examination system in the country and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why he has not apologised for the CBSE paper leaks yet. The main opposition party took a jibe the NDA dispensation, saying how a government which cannot keep even a question paper safe, can ensure the safety of the nation. Congress leader 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. "20 lakh kids have to take the exam again. Is the prime minister not concerned? No one feeling sorry. The children have taken to the streets and no one is saying even sorry. Is he arrogant that he is not feeling sorry?" he said.
Parents Association to Move HC
Amid a widespread outrage over the CBSE question paper leaks, the All India Parents Association said it would file a petition in the Delhi High Court on Monday seeking a court-monitored probe into the matter. "The leaks have rocked the confidence of parents and students. Question is now being raised over the examination system being followed," president of the association and lawyer Ashok Agarwal said. "We cannot allow this to happen and will be moving a petition in the Delhi High Court on Monday for a high court-monitored investigation," he said. Agarwal said the petition will also seek a direction from the High Court to the CBSE for liberal award of marks for the re-examinations.
Railways minister Piyush Goyal seems to have put the blame of the CBSE paper leak on the resolve of students, saying that students should have rejected the leaked paper even if it came to them. “As a student I should have rejected the paper even if it came to me. Unfortunately it is very tough & children have to suffer the consequences of few people’s misdemeanour and there are children agitating down the streets,” he said.
Direct energy towards prep: Psychologists to students
In the wake of the CBSE ordering re-examination of the Class 12 economics and Class 10 maths papers due to paper leak, psychologists have advised the students not to get stressed and direct their energy towards exam preparation. The CBSE's decision of cancelling the papers has been opposed by the students across the country as they said they would have to write the papers once again. Dr Rahul Saha, assistant professor in the department of Psychiatry at the Safdarjung hospital, said that the students in such a situation should "remain calm and not get stressed". "Getting stressed out and angry will not help in this situation. No doubt the education system needs to be full-proof and the authorities should ensure that paper leaks don't happen in future, but the students will have to accept the reality and face the situation with confidence and positivity. "Stress is not about exam pressure it is also about insecurity and uncertainty in the mind of a child," Saha said. Psychiatrist Dr Samir Parikh, director of Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare, said the parents have an important role to play here and they should motivate them rather than talking about the lacuna of the system.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has asked students and parents to boycott re-examination for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exam papers that got leaked. "The government, by announcing the re-examination, is giving tension to students. This (the leak) was a mistake of the government and it should pay for the same, not the students," Raj told reporters here. "I request parents not to let students appear for the re-exam. If parents bend today, the next government will also indulge in the same thing," he said. "Parents should send this message to the government that they will not succumb to re-exam tactics. I pray to parents with folded hands to show the government that it made the mistake," Thackeray said. "Some parents met me today. What has happened (re-exam decision) is very bad. It is not the fault of students," he said.
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Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar who has been at the receiving end of a massive outrage by students and opposition parties sought the help of engineering students to devise a way to prevent such paper leaks in future.
The CBSE has clarified that the Class X All India result would be announced on the same date as scheduled, except in Delhi and Haryana. The results in these two centres will be delayed. The education secretary has said that the leak of the Maths paper was restricted to only Delhi and Haryana, but a retest, if conducted, would not be held before July, hence the delay. The decision on whether a retest would be conducted at all will be taken in the next 15 days.
Education secretary: The leak did happen. Substantial number of questions were the same. We were informed before exams that paper has been leaked. But our responsibility was to confirm that whether it's really a leak or not. That needed time. So we could not stop the exams at that point of time. We did not reach out before you as we ourselves were looking for best answers.
The education secretary also dismissed rumours that papers of other subjects were leaked too and said that false information was being spread through social media. He also said that the leak that did happen was restricted to the country, and hence, no retest would be conducted in CBSE centres abroad.
Swarup also said that a detailed departmental and police inquiry is underway. He said that system put in place by the CBSE were good and the leak is unfortunate. He also defended the Board on being asked about reports that tip-offs were ignored, saying that the exams could not be called off at the last moment.
Education secretary Anil Swarup has announced that the Class XII Economics re-exam will be held on April 25. Swarup said that the leak of the Maths exam was restricted to only Delhi and Haryana and a retest, if held, would only be in the two places. He said that a decision on holding the retest would be taken in the next 15 days but a date for it is only likely in July.
Delhi’s deputy CM and education minister Manish Sisodia has written a letter to HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, demanding that education ministers from all over the country hold a meeting to brainstorm how to strengthen the examination system to prevent any future leaks. Sisodia wrote that although retest has been announced for two subjects, there have been reports of leaks of several other papers and a proper investigation is needed to maintain the sanctity of the exam. The full letter is attached below:
The Regional director and secretary of CBSE has written a letter to the cops after being asked about specific information on how the papers reached exam centres. In the letter, the regional director of the CBSE has given information about all examination centres, names of staff and superintendents at the centres, bank custodians and name and contact of bank managers who were custodians of the papers of both Delhi and Haryana State. It also stated that there were as many as six complaints regarding the paper leak. All have been furnished along with the other information to the SIT.
The special investigation team probing the CBSE paper leak has found that there were as many as 15 Whatsapp groups in which the leaked papers were posted. In a few of them admins were students and in some groups the admin were tutors. On Friday 10 more students were questioned by the crime branch. The crime branch has as of now seized as many as 15 phones. These phones belong to students, teachers and coaching centre owners.
The Human Resource Development Ministry has decided it would not buckle to student protests and there would be no rethink on holding the retest for Class XII Economics exam and the Class X Maths exam. According to sources, the ministry has asked CBSE to announce the dates of the retest by the end of the day and also wants the culprits behind the leaks to be apprehended today itself. The CBSE had earlier said that the retest dates would be announced on Monday or Tuesday. Students have been protesting all over the country, asking why they should be punished for someone else’s crimes.
CBSE Paper Leak Update | The Delhi Police's Crime Branch has reportedly identified more than 10 WhatsApp groups, each having around 60 members, in its investigation into the CBSE paper leak. Photographs of the Class 12 Economics and Class 10 Maths paper were allegedly circulated over WhatsApp before the exams.
Rahul Gandhi Mocks PM Over Paper Leak | Congress president Rahul Gandhi has taken a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his book Exam Warriors. In a tweet, Gandhi says the next book would teach students and parents to deal with the stress of paper leaks.
PM wrote Exam Warriors, a book to teach students stress relief during exams.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 30, 2018
Next up: Exam Warriors 2, a book to teach students & parents stress relief, once their lives are destroyed due to leaked exam papers. pic.twitter.com/YmSiY0w46b
Delhi Police Seek Info from Google in Paper Leak Case | Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has sought a reply from Google on an email sent to CBSE chief Anita Karwal the night before Class 10 Mathematics exam. According to the second FIR registered in the paper leak case, the email was received at 1:30am on March 28. The FIR, a copy of which has been accessed by CNN-News18, says the email contained 12 pages of .jpg (photo) attachments of the hand-written question papers leaked on WhatsApp. In the email, the sender had asked the CBSE chief to cancel the examination.
Meeting on Re-Exam Dates | Sources in the HRD ministry say that Prakash Javadekar held a meeting with CBSE chief Anita Karwal and other officials today morning. The dates for re-examination for Class 12 Economics and Class 10 Maths have not been decided yet, but sources they the government is trying to avoid a clash with other entrance examinations, keeping in mind the interests of Class 12 students. The government is reportedly also looking at the extent of the paper leak and ensure that the remaining exams are conducted fairly.
Protests Against CBSE Turn Political | Members of the Congress’ Delhi unit and its student body NSUI have joined protests against the CBSE outside the Udyog Bhawan. Protesters are holding up placards against the Board and the BJP-led government and are trying to breach the barricades put up by the Delhi Police, while the cops are trying to keep them at bay.
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CBSE Chief Informed of Maths Leak Night Before Exam | According to the second FIR registered in the paper leak case, CBSE chairman Anita Karwal was informed of the Class 10 Maths paper leak at 1:39am on March 28, hours before the exam, via email. The FIR, a copy of which has been accessed by CNN-News18, says the email contained 12 pages of .jpg (photo) attachments of the hand-written question papers leaked on WhatsApp. The mail was sent on the CBSE chairman’s official email id email@example.com by one Dev Naryan from firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, the sender had asked the CBSE chief to cancel the examination. According to the first FIR in the case, the office of the CBSE had received an unaddressed envelope on March 26 containing four sheets of handwritten answers of the Class 12 Economics paper. The Board said that they received a complaint by fax on March 23 from an "unknown source" that a man running a coaching institute in Rajinder Nagar was involved in paper leakage.
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