More grilled for CBSE leak amidst protests

■ Class 12 Eco re- exam April 25, Class 10 Maths in July; po­lice seeks Google help

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As Union ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary Anil Swarup an­nounced that the re­ex­am­i­na­tion of the CBSE Class 12 Eco­nom­ics pa­per will be held on April 25 and that of the Class 10 Maths pa­per in July, an­gry stu­dents and Congress work­ers con­tin­ued their protests for the sec­ond day on Fri­day by hit­ting the streets across New Delhi. Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi also stepped up his tirade against Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, say­ing the PM will now write a se­quel to his book Exam War­riors to teach stu­dents stress re­lief af­ter their lives were “de­stroyed” due to the pa­per leaks.

Mr Swarup said a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry had re­vealed that the leak of the Class 10 Maths pa­per had been re­stricted to Delhi and Haryana. Also, there was no leak out­side In­dia, hence no re- ex­am­i­na­tion will be held out­side the coun­try, he said. The ques­tion pa­pers are dif­fer­ent for stu­dents ap­pear­ing for the CBSE ex­ams out­side In­dia.

The Delhi Po­lice, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the leaks, has mean­while ques­tioned 10 more peo­ple and “in­ter­acted” with the CBSE’s con­troller of ex­am­i­na­tions over the leaks. It also wrote to Google seek­ing de­tails of the email ad­dress from where the CBSE chief was sent an email a day be­fore the exam on the Class 10 maths pa­per. A se­nior of­fi­cer said the po­lice had writ­ten ask­ing Google to share de­tails of the ID from which the email was sent.

The email re­port­edly con­tained im­ages of 12 pages of hand­writ­ten ques­tion pa­pers, which were posted on WhatsApp groups. The po­lice is said to have iden­ti­fied over 10 WhatsApp groups, each with 50- 60 mem­bers, for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The CBSE is learnt to have given the po­lice de­tails of the ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres sought by its crime branch. The po­lice had sought de­tails

PM wrote Exam War­riors, a book to teach stu­dents stress re­lief dur­ing ex­ams. Next up: Exam War­riors 2, a book to teach stu­dents and par­ents stress re­lief, once their lives are de­stroyed due to leaked exam pa­pers. — Rahul Gandhi, Cong prez

of the exam cen­tres, their su­per­in­ten­dents and the con­tacts of banks where the pa­pers were stored for safe­keep­ing. The po­lice said the board has given the de­tails per­tain­ing to both Delhi and Haryana to the in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Fac­ing flak over the CBSE leak, HRD min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar on Fri­day turned to stu­dents ask­ing them to find a so­lu­tion to this “chal­lenge”. His com­ments came in the back­drop of the CBSE an­nounc­ing the re- test of its Class 10 Maths and Class 12 Eco­nom­ics pa­pers.

Mr Javed­kar said: “I am fac­ing one prob­lem in the coun­try. It is a prob­lem of pa­per leak. So how to solve it is also a chal­lenge. And I am throw­ing this chal­lenge to the stu­dents. Some peo­ple can also work af­ter Hackathon and give us sug­ges­tions,” Mr Javadekar said, while ad­dress­ing stu­dents at an event to launch the fi­nale of Smart In­dia Hackathon 2018 ( Soft­ware Edi­tion).

Mr Javed­kar, how­ever, said the pa­per leak prob­lem was not a sub­ject of this year’s Smart In­dia Hackathon, an event where thou­sands of stu­dents would try to find in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to the prob­lems faced by var­i­ous min­istries and de­part­ments.

Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi, mock­ing the PM on Twit­ter, at­tached a pho­to­graph of Mr Modi play­ing with chil­dren. He tweeted: “PM wrote Exam War­riors, a book to teach stu­dents stress re­lief dur­ing ex­ams. Next up: Exam War­riors 2, a book to teach stu­dents and par­ents stress re­lief once their lives are de­stroyed due to leaked exam pa­pers.”

Mean­while, con­tin­u­ing their protests, a large num­ber of stu­dents and Congress youth lead­ers hit the streets of the na­tion’s cap­i­tal against the CBSE on Fri­day, ac­cus­ing the board of neg­li­gence and de­mand­ing im­me­di­ate ac­tion against the guilty. While some gath­ered at Par­lia­ment Street in the heart of the city, mem­bers of the Na­tional Stu­dents Union of In­dia ( NSUI) be­gan march­ing to­wards the HRD min­is­ter’s res­i­dence, but were stopped. Stu­dent groups and the Delhi Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee also demon­strated out­side the CBSE head­quar­ters in East Delhi’s Preet Vi­har, rais­ing var­i­ous de­mands, in­clud­ing an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

NSUI leader Neeraj Mishra said: “The leaks ex­posed the cap­ture of the high­est aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions by the exam mafia un­der the watch of the Modi gov­ern­ment as well as the ab­di­ca­tion of author­ity by the HRD min­is­ter and the CBSE chair­per­son.” He said they would de­mand the res­ig­na­tions of Mr Javadekar as well as CBSE chief Anita Kar­wal.

Delhi deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia asked Mr Javadekar to call a meet­ing of state ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ters to dis­cuss the CBSE pa­per leaks and to en­sure that such “se­ri­ous” in­ci­dents don’t re­cur. Mr Siso­dia, who wrote a let­ter to Mr Javadekar, said there was a need to move beyond party pol­i­tics on such is­sues. He said ev­ery time an exam pa­per was leaked — be it CBSE, SSB or DSSSB — the neg­a­tive con­se­quences were for the en­tire coun­try, not just for any one gov­ern­ment or one party.


Gird­har Vyas shows his long mous­tache dur­ing Ra­jasthan Day cel­e­bra­tion in Bikaner on Fri­day.

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