The leaked English II Paper
Nothing concrete has emerged after almost a month ever since the Class XII English paper II held on the 13th of December 2014 has been leaked. The Secretary of the Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assesment (BCSEA) in a press release issued on the 4th of January has worked our four options left with the council which includes options like validity of English results based on English I marks, re-examination of the English paper II , Indentifying of candidates who had access to leaked question paper and the last option is doing nothing.
The Board in its emergency meeting seems to have pondered over all the issues mentioned above and decided to with the option of validity of English results based on English I marks. The reason made by the BCSEA was that English I and English II paper is closely correlated and complimentary. The paper of English I & II for the year 2011, 2012 and 2013 has shown a strong co relation in the performance of the students between the two papers. The other reason was that students good in English I are usually good in English II. Further it was also reasoned that not all the schools in the country had access to the leaked question paper.
There are additional advantages as pointed out by the BSCEA if the above options is being followed which includes the avoidance of the financial , social and logosictis cost involved in the re-examination of the paper , avoid numerous hassles for students and parents and will also enable the board to declare the Class XII results on time . This will not hamper the admission of the new students in tertiary institutions and various scholarship programs which are totally depended on the Class XII results.
It was further decided that the Board will carry out all the investigation as to how the question paper got leaked and fix the responsibility. The board was further directed to review the current practices and put in place a series of mechanism to avoid such lapses in the future to strengthen the conduction of the national examinations.
However with strong resentment from the parents, teachers and students the cabinet directed the BCSEA on the 7th of January 2015 to review the decision taken by the Board on the issue.
The Prime Minister in meet the press last Friday said that whoever leaked the English II paper including the teachers, students and government official will be tracked and punished. The government while supporting the decision of the Board will left no stone unturned to expedite the process in bringing the culprit to justice.
Whatever needs to be done has to be decided at the earliest as it been a moment of stress, uncertainly and tension for teachers, parents and the students the most.