Facing the heat of protests over the recent board paper leaks, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday introduced a new ‘leak-proof’ system of “encrypted” question papers.
However, implemented with just one dummy run, the new system resulted in chaos at some centres in Delhi-NCR and the paper got delayed.
The CBSE sent a confidential note to all examination centres in Delhi on Saturday, which carried a set of ten instructions to be followed to introduce the new system.
“In the light of the recent developments, CBSE has devised a mechanism of providing encrypted question paper at the examination centres just before the commencement of the examination,” the CBSE note stated.
The instructions issued by the board to the centres included identifying a safe and secure room for installation of computers and printers and ensuring high-speed internet connection.
“On exam day, the question paper will be available on the CBSE website. The same user ID and password as used for registration can be used. After downloading the zip file of the question paper, the centres have to use the password provided by the regional office minutes before and extract it,” the note read.
All computer teachers/staff were supposed to report to the examination centre by 7:30 AM on all exam days to handle downloading and printing of the encrypted question papers.
The move to send “encrypted” question papers to exam centres came days after the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar asked experts to develop a loophole-free question paper distribution system.
On March 28, the CBSE had announced that around two million students will have to reappear for the examination of two subjects – class 10 mathematics and class 12 economics – after their papers got leaked.
(With inputs from agencies)