While the examination season is over for most students, for students of CBSE classes X and XII, 2018 batch, it’s a different story. With the examination papers leaked over a popular messaging app, CBSE declared the re-examination of critical papers for Classes X and XII CBSE students. This news raised a furore across the country, with many parents and their children expressing their anger and frustration over the board’s decision to conduct a re-test.
Here’s a timeline detailing events as they unfolded:
- 23 March 2018: According to Delhi Crime Branch, CBSE receives tip off about question papers being leaked by a coaching centre
- 24 March 2018: The Board forwards the complaints to an inspector in the Crime Branch through WhatsApp
- 28 March 2018: The news of Mathematics paper being leaked breaks out on social media
- 28 March 2018: CBSE issues a notice for re-examination of class X Mathematics and class XII Economics papers following leakage on popular messaging apps; dates of re-exam to be announced within a week
- 28 March 2018: Delhi police starts a detailed investigation
- 30 March 2018: CBSE issues a notice stating that while class XII Economics re-examination will be held on 25 April 2018, class X Mathematics re-examination will be held only for students in the Delhi, NCR and Haryana regions; the examination is scheduled for July 2018
- 1 April 2018: Delhi Police arrests two teachers of a private school in Bawana, Delhi and one coaching centre owner in connection with the paper leaks; the Delhi Police takes the help of a popular messaging platform to nab the culprits
- 2 April 2018: CBSE students take out a rally to protest against the re-examination
- 2 April 2018: The principal of the private school in Bawana, Delhi is detained for questioning by the police
- 2 April 2018: The National Human Rights Commission asks for a detailed report on the paper leaks within four weeks; sends notice to CBSE Board Chairperson, Delhi Police Chief and the HRD Ministry
- 2 April 2018: Two CBSE class X students, Anasuya Thomas and Gayatri Thomas, move the Supreme Court against the CBSE’s decision to conduct Maths re-test only for students in Delhi, NCR and Haryana
- 2 April 2018: The Supreme Court agrees to hear pleas against the re-examination
- 2 April 2018: CBSE issues clarification that a letter circulating in the social media mentioning 30 April 2018 as the date of class X re-exam is a fake
- 3 April 2018: Government announces the cancellation of CBSE class X Mathematics paper even for the Delhi, NCR and Haryana regions
- 4 April 2018: The Ministry of Human Resource Development sets up a panel to examine how CBSE classes 10 and 12 examinations are conducted to prevent question paper leaks.
With the investigations still on, parents and children need to be prepared for more announcements by the board and the government. Keep watching this space for news on events as they happen.
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