Strong outrage, protests mount at CBSE office over exam paper leak; demand for justice grows

30 March 2018, 04:00 PM
Strong outrage, protests mount at CBSE office over exam paper leak  (Photo Ctsy: Twitter/@Debasish__D)
Strong outrage, protests mount at CBSE office over exam paper leak (Photo Ctsy: Twitter/@Debasish__D)

An unprecedented protest by not only students and parents, but also different organisations continued on Friday at the CBSE office as anger mounts over the examination paper leak issue. They slammed the board's "utter negligence" in conducting the examinations fairly and demanded justice.

From the Delhi unit of All India Democratic Students' Organisation to National Students' Union of India (NSUI), several student unions across the national capital were raising their voice against CBSE's decision to conduct the Class 10 Mathematics and Class 12 Economics examination again.

Raising slogans against the board, scores of agitating students also staged protests in Ludhiana, Kanpur and other parts of the country.

They demanded justice and said they were suffering because of CBSE's mistake.

"CBSE is at fault, they were not able to keep the paper safe. Why do we have to suffer due to this?" a student said.

The All India Democratic Students' Organisation demanded a high-level probe into the CBSE question paper leak case, and said it showed the board's "utter negligence" in conducting examinations fairly.

Raising slogans of 'we want justice', one of the agitated students near Jantar Mantar branded the re-examination decision as 'hanging the students without getting hurt' and said, "If they wanted to hang someone, hang the CBSE bosses, arrest the CBSE chairman, the leak was done by the CBSE, not the students, then why punish".

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"The CBSE should re-schedule all exams because multiple papers have been leaked, or just apprehend the ones involved and not hold any re-examinations at all, and what guarantee is there that the re-examination papers won't be leaked. No CBSE official has been arrested yet, they might just leak it again," ANI quoted another CBSE board examinee.

In the wake of these massive street protests in several parts of Delhi, Section 144 has been imposed near Union Minister Prakash Javadekar's residence at Kushak Road.

A large number of Security Forces personnel have also been deployed outside the CBSE's Panchkula office to control the situation.

Alleging that the 'exam mafia' was being encouraged under the Narendra Modi Government, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that exam leaks destroyed the hopes and future of millions of students and warned that "this is just a beginning".

Meanwhile, on Friday, the Crime Branch of Delhi police had sought reply from Google about the email that was sent to CBSE chairperson. A mail was sent to the chairperson from a Gmail ID with images of handwritten questions papers.

The Crime Branch had identified over 10 WhatsApp groups, each having 50-60 members, being connected  to the paper leak issue.

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Police detained six students for questioning in Jharkhand's Chatra's Sadar Police Station area on Friday. The group of students was suspended for being a part of the CBSE paper leak scandle.

Talking about the alleged paper leak Congress's Mallikarjun Kharge said, "This shows the HRD ministry's failure. The future of 28 lakh students is at stake. We will raise this issue in the parliament."

"It's the failure of Govt, without accepting it, why do they want students to re-appear for exam? I request to the parents throughout the country, don't let your child sit for re-examination in any condition," said MNS chief Raj Thackeray.

Connecting the CBSE Paper Leak issue to the recent SSC scam, Congress's Kapil Sibal said, "If the government does not take accountability for its wrongdoings, then who will?"

However, the exams would be re-conducted just after all the Class-X and Class-XII examinations get over on April 4 and April 12 respectively. Candidates are advised to visit CBSE's official website cbse.nic.in. to know more details regarding the same.

First Published: Friday, March 30, 2018 12:31 PM
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