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

The Delhi Police's crime branch has begun investigating the alleged leak of Centra Board of Education's (CBSE) Class XII economics and Class X mathematics papers after registering two separate cases in the matter

FP Staff March 29, 2018 19:06:42 IST
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CBSE board exam updates: Education board chief Anita Karwal breaks silence, says final decision will favour students

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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?

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Mar 30, 2018 - 18:52 (IST)

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

Mar 30, 2018 - 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.

Mar 30, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 30, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 30, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 30, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 30, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 30, 2018 - 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. 

Mar 30, 2018 - 18:02 (IST)

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

Mar 30, 2018 - 18:02 (IST)

HRD ministry press briefing begins

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.

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

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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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