CBSE board exam updates: Education board chief Anita Karwal breaks silence, says final decision will favour students

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CBSE board exam updates: Education board chief Anita Karwal breaks silence, says final decision will favour students
  • 18:52 (IST)

    Decision on delay in Class 10 exam results to be taken later: Education Secy

  • 18:48 (IST)

    Today's decision only for welfare of children; move on preventive, retributive action to be taken later

    "Our immediate concern of the children who have suffered and this decision is in that context. We will nail the person who did this," Secretary education said.

  • 18:44 (IST)

    Best emergency measure taken in paucity of information: HRD ministry

    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. 

  • 18:39 (IST)

    Accept process was breached but action against guilty only after further probe: HRD ministry

    HRD ministry secretary said that he admitted that there were problems in the process as well, but the fixation of blame is a process for a later time. The new processes and security measures will be implemented only in the next academic year. However, the situation at hand warranted that the future of Class 12 students should not be left in limbo, so the best possible solution was taken. 

  • 18:29 (IST)

    The email received on the night before did not contain leaked paper; decision to cancel exam taken after police probe: CBSE chief

    CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal said that the email received the night before did not contain the leaked paper, so they did not take the decision to cancel the exam immediately. "However, the next day we received a lot of emails from students looking at which the police also decided that the papers indeed leaked the day before. This is why we took the decision for a retest only later," Karwal said. 

  • 18:20 (IST)

    Clarification on leak came only after exam was underway: Education secy

    The HRD ministry secretary acknowledged that media reports stating that CBSE chief received an email at around 1.30 am on 28 March was true. He said that the chairperson did not check her email at 1 am but noticed the message at 8.55 am the next day. She intimated the controller of examination immediately, who went on to verify the details. 

    The confirmation came back only after 10 am when exams at all centres were underway. It was a balanced solution that the board decided to take. Even at that time a re-exam would have to be announced but it would have created unsurmountable panic. 

  • 18:12 (IST)

    Class 10 exams to be rescheduled in July, if at all, in Delhi and Haryana regions only

    The ministry said that since in the case of Class 10 students, it was possible to wait for a detailed enquiry, we have decided to take a final decision later. However, preliminary enquiry suggests that the leak affected papers only in Delhi and Haryana region only, so a retest, if at all needed will be held in that region only. 

  • 18:08 (IST)

    HRD ministry says Class 12 re-exam for economics to be held on 25 April

    The HRD ministry has said that the re-examination for Class 12 economics paper will be held on 25 April. The decision was taken to not keep the students in limbo any longer as they have to take entrance tests as well. The Education secretary accepted that this was not a perfect solution but it was the most viable solution in the lack of a detailed probe. 

  • 18:02 (IST)

    We may not have the perfect solution, there are no perfect solution: HRD ministry

  • 18:02 (IST)

    HRD ministry press briefing begins

  • 17:58 (IST)

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar to address press conference shortly

     Amid nationwide protests from aggrieved students and parents and Opposition parties, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar met examination body officials on Friday to seek resolution of the crisis.

    Javadekar is expected to give some clarity on the date of re-examinations as the students remain in a fix. He is also expected to explain the reasons for the paper leak shortly. 

  • 17:52 (IST)

    Updates for 30 March 2018 begin

  • 19:12 (IST)

    CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal breaks silence, says final decision will favour students

    CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal finally gave a statement on the paper leak issue and she said that the board will take a decision that will be in favour of students. She said that the dates of the fresh examinations will be issued soon. 

  • 17:54 (IST)

    CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal met HRD minister before his press conference: Reports

    Chairperson of CBSE, Anita Karwal had a concise meeting with HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar this morning at Shastri Bhawan. The meeting, which happened before the Union minister’s press conference, lasted for almost 2 hours, CNN-News18 reported. 

  • 17:19 (IST)

    NCERT books to have QR codes from nest year, says Prakash Javadekar

    NCERT published textbooks would have QR codes from next year (2019-20) which will help students to understand chapters better by watching a film or reading additional content on laptops and digital boards, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said today.

     
    Quick Response (QR) Code is a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing web-links or other information for reading by the camera on a smart-phone.
     
    The government has made a provision of Rs 6,600 crore for bearing the interest component on education loans, he told reporters.
    The moratorium will be for the course period plus 1 year, he said.

  • 17:07 (IST)

    Leak in everything, 'watchman' is weak: Rahul Gandhi

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the CBSE paper leak, saying he is a "weak watchman" as there were leaks in everything.

    "How many leaks? Data leak! Aadhaar leak! SSC exam leak! Election date leak! CBSE papers leak! There is leak in everything. The watchman (Narendra Modi) is weak," Gandhi said in a tweet. 

    The CBSE on Wednesday said it will re-conduct examination in the maths and economics papers for Class 10 and Class 12 respectively following the leak of question papers.

  • 16:34 (IST)

    Delhi Police say Coaching centre owner Vicky was named in CBSE's complaint

    The police have said that they got the accused tuition teacher Vicky's name from CBSE. He got the papers and forwarded it to his students, the police said. 

  • 16:29 (IST)

    Students plans to protest tomorrow at Jantar Mantar: Report 

    CNN-News18 reported that the students are now planning to protest again on 30 March at Jantar Mantar. 

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi slams Centre over CBSE paper leak, says this is only the beginning  

  • 16:13 (IST)

    Delhi Police says haven't traced any money trail yet, papers were leaked over WhatsApp groups

    "We haven't yet found proof of any being offered or exchanged anywhere in this case. But the investigation is still on," Delhi Police said. 

  • 16:09 (IST)

    Scope of investigation limited to Delhi, police say no information of nationwide leak

    Delhi Police in a press conference said that the police is right now focusing its investigation in Delhi only as there was nothing to suggest a nation-wide leak as of now. The police, however, denied to share any details of the investigation. 

  • 16:07 (IST)

    Delhi Police say it quizzed 25 people in CBSE paper leak case

    The police has questioned 25 people in the case so far, RR Upadhyay Special Commissioner crime branch, told reporters on Wednesday, even as he refused to share more details about the investigation. 

    Upadhyay said that the police have been questioning 25 people in all, including 18 college students, five tuition teachers and two others. 

    The police also said that the 18 college students were mostly alumni of certain schools or former students at some specific coaching centres. Upadhyay, however, said that it was not prudent for him to reveal any names at this point.  

  • 15:57 (IST)

    How to beat tech-savvy cheaters at their own game

    The Mumbai University has a model whereby question papers will be downloaded by colleges after a facial-recognition scan. The downloading and printing process would also be recorded via CCTVs to prevent a leak at that stage. 

    Herold D'Costa, CEO of Intelligent Quotient Security System (IQSS), who devised the system for the University, also suggests the use of a centralised server, which would house a variety of question papers. Question papers would then randomly be selected and links sent to exam centres to downloaded and print them. The paper would be downloaded by an authorised person or the principal just a few minutes before the exam.

    The primary hiccup in this method, however, is connectivity in rural areas and the time taken to print the question paper on the morning of the exam.

    Another solution is to install mobile jammers at exam centres to prevent students from using Bluetooth-enabled devices to cheat.

    Read the full article here

  • 15:41 (IST)

    Arvind Kejriwal demands strict action against culprits in CBSE data leaks 

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today demanded strict action against people involved in the alleged leak of CBSE examination papers, and said he feels "sorry and sad" for students who will have to re-appear for the exams.

     
    Kejriwal said responsibility should be fixed in the matter, a day after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced re-examination in Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics papers in wake of reports of papers being leaked.
     
     

  • 15:38 (IST)

    Congress slams Modi govt's education policies, calls Centre 'Leak Sarkar'

    "It is absolutely shocking and heart rendering that the future of 24 Lakh students is in severe jeopardy... It may just turn out to be the tip of the iceberg as multiple news reports and social media stories on how the Biology, Chemistry and English papers have also been leaked are also surfacing now. Despite registration of an FIR and an enquiry, shockingly; CBSE has admitted the leak of 3 exam papers," Congress said in a press release. Here is the complete press statement of the body. 

  • 15:28 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan reacts to paper leak controversy, says not fair to punish students for govt's fault

    "Since we call them warriors, I'll tell you they did their job. They cannot be punished and the tension among the parents and students is going to be enormous. I think it's not fair to make the students go through mistakes of the government," Haasan said. 

  • 15:19 (IST)

    Police accuses delhi-based tuition teacher Vicky for paper leak, quizzes 9 more in case

    The Delhi police have accused a Rajouri Garden-based coaching teacher for allegedly being involved in the paper leak. CNN-News18 reported that the teacher is being questioned and eight more people are under scanner. 

  • Police registers two cases in CBSE paper leak case; forms SIT to probe case 

  • 15:00 (IST)

    Why was CBSE chief's tenure cut shot in September 2017, asks Congress

    Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala questioned the government over leak. He asked the Centre to clarify why it cut short the tenure of previous CBSE chief in September 2017. He questioned that why did the government give the job to someone who had previously worked with prime minister Narendra Modi.  

  • 14:48 (IST)

    Will try our best re-exam dates don't clash with other entrance exams: CBSE sources

    CBSE sources have said that the exam body will try its best to choose a date for re-examination that doesn't clash with other exams, CNN-News18 reported. 

  • Students say CBSE must be held accountable for their action

    Tejaswi, a class 10 student of St Thomas School, Mandir Marg says students cannot go into the CBSE office and leak papers. Her demand is that the CBSE officials have to be held accountable for what has happened to students like her.

  • Students allege that more papers were leaked as well

    A student of Class 12, shows a scanned copy of the Economics paper on his phone. He says that it was available for two to three thousand rupees before the examination and if the students were aware of it, then why was the board so oblivious? He also alleged that Economics wasn't the only paper that was leaked and there should be a re examination for other subjects as well.

  • 13:42 (IST)

    Without removing Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal from their current positions, a fair and impartial investigation into this paper leak issue is impossible

  • Private tuition teachers want either all papers to be cancelled or none at all

    A tuition teacher who runs a private centre in Janak Puri, West Delhi, said that as he had faith in the system, he didn't trust the rumours and asked his students to ignore them. After the Economics exam, some students blamed him for not letting them use the leaked paper. He says the re-examination will hamper their preparation for entrance exams for university, which will start in April.

  • 13:19 (IST)

    Congress comments on the leaks

  • Two cases registered in relation to the paper leak

    The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has registered two cases in connection with the paper leak. An SIT comprising 2 DCPs, 5 ACPs and 5 inspectors has been constituted to investigate these cases.

  • Less than 50 students at the protest near Jantar Mantar

    Less than 50 students from schools like Kendriya Vidyalaya, St Thomas, St Columbus and Dr SRS International are protesting against the leak at a tiny nook adjacent to Jantar Mantar's famous protest street. NGT had banned all protest activities here in 2017.

    The contingents of paramilitary and police forces outnumbered the students. There were no representation from the administration of these schools. A couple of teachers running private tuition centres were there, alleging that they were well aware of the paper leak.

    Some girls were chanting the slogan 'abki baar paperleak sarkaar'. Another group was waving the Indian flag and screaming 'bharat mata ki jai'.

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Students threaten boycott of re-exams

    Class 12 students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Naraina say they will boycott the exam alleging that if the CBSE had a fair idea about the paper leak around 9 am on the day of the exam, then why was the exam held? They ask if 28 lakh students boycott the re-examination, then what can the government do?

  • 12:59 (IST)

    Javadekar promises to make efforts to make system foolproof

    Javadekar further insisted that the authorities will not let anyone go scot-free. The police is on the case and he has faith in them. He has instituted an internal inquiry into the matter as well.

    He added that he will make all efforts to ensure that exams continue without any breach and will work to make the system foolproof.

  • 12:56 (IST)

    Prakash Javadekar addresses CBSE leaks

    Javadekar called the event unfortunate. He said that he understood the pain and anguish of both parents and students. He insisted that CBSE has earned a name for conducting exams well.

    He pointed out that when NEET was being implemented, CBSE was chosen as the body to helm it. It did so even while being overloaded with work.

  • 12:43 (IST)

    President of Delhi School Association, Ramesh Chand Jain calls incident condemnable, asks for statement by CBSE chairman

  • Students are fed up of giving exams after exams

  • 12:27 (IST)

    Delhi Police asks CBSE for the sequence of events, names coaching institute founder as main suspect

  • Students want CBSE to be held accountable and find the culprit

  • 12:11 (IST)

    Delhi Police says it is too early to say who the culprit is

  • 12:08 (IST)

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi weighs in on the leak culture

  • Other papers were leaked too, then why re-test only for Eco and Maths, ask students

    Speaking to Firstpost, Class 12 Students of Dr SRS Mission School protesting against the CBSE paper leak at Delhi's Jantar Mantar said, "Aside from English paper, there were rumours about every paper being leaked. Then why re-examination only for Economics."

    Image by Pallavi Rebbapragada

  • 11:45 (IST)

    Perpetrators had sent hand-written answer sheet of the Economics paper to CBSE a day before the exams

    According to reports, the perpetrators who leaked the Economics paper had sent the answer-sheet (which was hand-written) to the CBSE Academic Unit on Monday. The exam for the Economics paper was supposed to be held on Tuesday. 


    What is important to note is why didn't the CBSE cancel the exams on Monday itself?

  • 11:36 (IST)

    Delhi police had registered two cases

    In a statement, the Delhi Police said that they have registered two cases. The first case in connection with the leak of economics paper was lodged yesterday while the case pertaining to mathematics paper was lodged today, following a complaint by the regional director of CBSE. The cases were registered on charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy.

    "We have received snapshots of the handwritten paper circulated through Whatsapp from the complainant. We are trying to ascertain the source of these messages. Since Whatsapp messages are end-to-end encrypted, we are facing a bit of difficulty in tracing the source," said an officer privy to the probe. The officer said they have not questioned any official from any of the examination centres or from the board. The questioning will happen once the source of messages is traced.

  • 11:35 (IST)

    Either conduct re-examination of all papers, or none, say protesting students at Jantar Mantar

    Students took to the street in Delhi's Jantar Mantar as angst against re-test loomed large over their heads. Protesting students said that either there should be re-examinations of all subjects or else of neither. Students also raised 'we want justice' slogans.

CBSE leak Latest Updates: CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal has finally come out with a statement on the paper leak issue. She said that the final decision will be taken in all fairness and in favour of the children.

CBSE sources have told CNN-News18 that the exam body thinks its unlikely that internal jeopardy would have caused the paper leak. The sources further said that they will try their best to keep the re-exam in a way they don't clash with the dates of other entrances.

Congress says that without removing Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar and CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal from their current positions, a fair and impartial investigation into the paper leak issue is impossible.

Union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Ravi Shankar Prasad address media on the CBSE leaks. Javadekar defended CBSE's record and expressed faith in the police who are working on the case.

Delhi Police has asked CBSE for the sequence of events. It has named a coaching institute founder as the main suspect.

According to a report, a copy of the leaked Class 10 Maths paper that was scheduled for Wednesday was delivered to the CBSE office on Tuesday evening. Further, the leak has been traced to a coaching centre in West Delhi. According to the report, the owners of the coaching centre have denied any involvement, however, ANI tweeted out a copy of the complaint filed by CBSE against the coaching centre.

The Delhi Police's crime branch has begun investigating the alleged leak of Centra Board of Secondary Education's (CBSE) Class XII economics and Class X mathematics papers after registering two separate cases in the matter, an official said. In the wake of reports claiming paper leaks, the CBSE today announced re-examination in the two papers.

On Monday, panic had gripped students of Class XII following claims on social media that the economics paper had been leaked even though the Central Board of Secondary Education denied there was any slip up. Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) R P Upadhyay and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar also held a meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik in the evening to discuss the future course of investigation.

In a statement, the Delhi Police said that they have registered two cases. The first case in connection with the leak of economics paper was lodged yesterday while the case pertaining to mathematics paper was lodged today, following a complaint by the regional director of CBSE.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The cases were registered on charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy. A special investigation team comprising two deputy commissioners of police, four assistant commissioners of police and five inspectors has been set up to investigate the matter. The team will be directly supervised by the joint commissioner of police (crime).

"We have received snapshots of the handwritten paper circulated through Whatsapp from the complainant. We are trying to ascertain the source of these messages. Since Whatsapp messages are end-to-end encrypted, we are facing a bit of difficulty in tracing the source," said an officer privy to the probe.

The officer said they have not questioned any official from any of the examination centres or from the board. The questioning will happen once the source of messages is traced. Reports about the economics paper being leaked had circulated on social media, including on WhatsApp, several hours before the paper commenced on Monday.

The CBSE, however, denied any leak and urged students and parents not to panic. "We have checked with all exam centres and the paper was not leaked. The source of circulation of this information is not known yet. We want to urge the students and parents to not panic and assure them that the board is doing its best to ensure sanctity of the examination," a senior CBSE official had said.

A similar incident occurred on 15 March, when the Delhi government had said that it had received complaints of the Class 12 CBSE accountancy paper being leaked. A probe was later ordered even though the board had denied any leak. "There has been no leakage of the question paper. All the seals have been found intact at all exam centres. However, at local level, some miscreants may have circulated messages through WhatsApp and other social media platforms to hurt the sanctity of the exam," the board had said then.

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Updated Date: Mar 30, 2018 18:52:01 IST

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