The leaked English II Pa­per

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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.

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