The Centre’s Narendra Modi government on Friday announced that the re-exam for Class 12 economics paper will take place on 25 April, while no decision on Class 10 Math paper has been taken yet.
Speaking to media Union, Education Secretary Anil Swarup said that the preliminary inquiry had revealed that the CBSE leak of Math paper was restricted to Delhi and Haryana only. He said, “Regarding Class 10th re-examination, as leak was restricted to Delhi and Haryana, if it at all a re-exam will happen, it will happen only in Delhi and Haryana and a decision will be taken on this in next 15 days. If at all a re-exam is done, it will be in July.”
The central government was left red-faced earlier this week after the CBSE announced its decision to conduct re-examinations for two papers in view of complaints of papers leak. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar came for immense criticism for choosing to comment on the communal violence on the day the CBSE confirmed the reports of papers leak.
The statement by the CBSE had said, “Board has taken cognizance of certain happenings in the conduct of certain examinations as are being reported. With the view to uphold the sanctity of the Board Examination and in the interest of the fairness to the students, the Board has decided to reconduct the examinations in the following subjects.”
The announcement had triggered a nationwide protests by students as the CBSE’s decision adversely impacted 2.8 million students.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi took a potshot at PM Modi for the papers leak by mocking a book reportedly written by him on how to pass exams.
He said, “PM wrote Exam Warriors, a book to teach students stress relief during exams. Next up: Exam Warriors 2, a book to teach students & parents stress relief, once their lives are destroyed due to leaked exam papers.”
Former HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had lashed out at the Modi government for the papers leak adding that the outrage would have been more had the leaks taken place during the UPA regime. He told reporters in New Delhi, “Most surprising is that nobody is taking responsibility for these leaks. Had it been our government, you know what would have happened,” he said, adding that a government that could not protect a question paper leak had no right in claiming that they could protect the nation.”
Breaking her silence, the CBSE chairperson, a Gujarat cadre officer, Anita Karwal, had said, “We have taken decision in favour of the students. We are working for their benefit. Dates for re-examination will be announced soon.”
Protesting students targetted the Modi government with some even holding placards that mocked the questionable educational qualifications of PM Modi and former HRD minister, Smriti Irani.