CBSE got hints of possible paper leak days before it actually happened
Warning that there were attempts being made to get hold of question papers was issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) Controller of Examination KK Choudhury.
The warning had said that frivolous messages and emails to examination centers were the methods of the attempts.
“Some elements were writing to examination centers and asking for copies of the question paper for verification”. Choudhury had said in a letter written on March 4.
Fraudsters posed as CBSE
The letter also stated that “the board does not ask for copies for examination and all exam centers should be intimated that such emails and messages should not be attended to in order to maintain the “sanctity of the examination”.
The Delhi Police, which is investigating the case, said that there was an unsigned fax sent to the office of the CBSE on March 23 that claimed that the question paper leak issue was linked to one Vicky who operates a coaching institute in Rajendra Nagar in the national capital. Two schools of the area were also named in the complaint.Also, read: How Scamsters Attempted To Steal CBSE Papers, Use Same Tactics for Duping People Of Bank Accounts
The very next day, the police were intimated about the complaint through a WhatsApp message while the complaint itself was forwarded to the regional office of the CBSE in New Delhi.
Again, The CBSE academic unit at Rouse Avenue received a packet that contained four sheets of handwritten answers of the Economics exam that were held on the same day (March 26).
“It has been established that both the papers were leaked before the scheduled dates of examinations and were circulated and exchanged on WhatsApp among some tutors and students,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) R.P. Upadhyay.
Following reports of the paper leak, re-examination for the Class X Maths and Class XII Economics papers would be done by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).,
“Board has taken cognizance of certain happenings in the conduct of certain examinations as are being reported. With the view to upholding the sanctity of the Board Examinations and in the interest of the fairness to the students, the Board has decided to re-conduct the examinations in the following subjects,” a statement released said.
“Dates for fresh examinations and the other details shall be hosted on the CBSE website within a week,” the statement added.
The paper leak issue has also drawn displeasure from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who spoke to Union Minister of Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) Prakash Javadekar on the issue. Sources said that the PM has directed to take strict action against the perpetrators.
It was just hours before the examination that there were reports of the paper leak on social media on March 26.
In a similar incident, hours before their exam, copies of CBSE Accountancy paper was received by several students on WhatsApp on March 15. After a copy of the “leaked” paper was received by Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia, the issue was brought to light.
While the CBSE Class 12 Economics exam was completed on March 26, the Class 10 Mathematics paper on was held on Wednesday.
In connection to the alleged leak, some tutors, 18 students and owner of a coaching centre were among the 32 people who were questioned by the crime branch of the Delhi police by Thursday evening.
32 people who might have been behind the passing on of the picture of the question paper to others have been identified by the police and they are tracking the WhatsApp messages, said Upadhyay. The process of a question paper being sent to the exam centres and the type of security measures that are taken to avoid leaks was explained to the Delhi police by three officials from the CBSE.
(Adapted from Republicworld.com & TheHindu.com)