Yesterday, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced that the Class X Mathematics exam and the Class XII Economics exam will have to be redone. This move comes after it was revealed that the two papers in question had been leaked to the public.
Two FIRs have been filed in Delhi in connection with the case. The charges are under IPC Section 420 [cheating] and section 406 [criminal breach of trust].
“The CBSE leak is a disgrace & accountability is essential. Officials must be culpable, yet it is innocent students who will be punished.” – Shahi Tharoor
The Union Government has sanctioned the creation of a national testing agency to eliminate these sort of failures in administration. Additionally, the CBSE and the Ministry of Human Resource Development will be meeting to decide if it is worth it to start electronically coding exam papers.
Under the current system, papers are held in bank lockers and released to the centers on the day of the examination. Under the proposed system, the encrypted electronic papers would be sent to the respective administrators beforehand. However, the passwords to unlock the papers would only be sent an hour before the examination.
Former Union Minister Ajay Maken tweeted that his son was dejected because he had to retake the exam. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also tweeted on the issue. He said that “the CBSE leak is a disgrace & accountability is essential. Officials must be culpable, yet it is innocent students who will be punished.”