Students, parents fume over question paper leak; protest across the country

Students, parents fume over question paper leak; protest across the country

New Delhi, March 30: Sumitro Banerjee, working in a private firm in Kolkata had booked a ticket of March 29 to fly to Thailand for a long awaited vacation after his son Mayank Banerjee’s last exam of Maths (class 10) on March 28. But his vacation plan came crashing down when at about 2 pm on March 28 he came to know that Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had cancelled the Maths paper.

Now, he has to bear the cost of the tour package without going to the vacation and Mayank is once again sitting with Maths book to prepare again for the examination. “What is my fault? I honestly prepared for the examination and was awaiting the break, but now I have to slog again. My exam on March 28 was excellent, but I don’t know how the exam would be when the CBSE would hold the exam again,” he says.

Mayank is not alone to complain. Rajdeep of Loyola High School, Patna said that just after the Maths paper on March 28, he was planning to sit with class 11 books, but he schedule has got awry. He is still stuck up with Class 10 maths book. “CBSE should penalise the culprits who played with the future of the students,” says Rajdeep.

The protests after March 28 have been continuing across the nation.

On Friday, the students protested in front of the CBSE office in New Delhi. They demanded that strict action against the culprits. Media reports said they protested at Jantar Mantar and in front of CBSE head office holding placards.

Contradicting CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal statement that the re-examination of Class 12 Economics and Class 10 Maths was taken in favour of the students, some students said that CBSE should take the whole examination once again.

Karwal in a statement said, “We have taken the decision in favour of the students and in utmost fairness. Very soon we will announce the dates for retest. Any further decision would be taken in favour of the students,” she was quoted in the media reports. “Students don’t have to worry about anything. We are with them,” she added.

Meanwhile, Union HRD minister said on Friday that the CBSE was likely to announce the dates of re-examination on Monday or Tuesday.

Political parties too are demanding action against the Union HRD minister and CBSE officials. The All India Democratic Students’ Organisation’s, Delhi unit has demanded a high-level probe into the CBSE question paper leak. It said the case showed the board’s ‘utter negligence’ in conducting examination.

Congress party targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding sacking of HRD minister Prakash Javadekar and CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal. It also demanded a probe by a sitting high court judge.