NEW DELHI: Six days after declaring a retest for Class X Mathematics along with Class XII Economics paper, the government on Tuesday took a complete U-turn while announcing that no retest will be conducted for Class X anywhere the country.
The CBSE on Tuesday said the internal inquiries and analysis based on available material and inputs from the ongoing police investigations are indicating that the alleged leak may be confined to a few “alleged beneficiaries”.
“Similarly, the trend of random evaluation done so far for Class X Mathematics paper is not indicating sudden spikes or unusual patterns, giving any impression of passing on widespread benefits of alleged leaks to students,” it also said.
“Meanwhile, board is constantly receiving representation from stakeholders indicating anxiety amongst of Class X due to the uncertainty surrounding the Maths examination,” a statement read. “Also, it has received over 1,000 calls on our Counselling Helpline Desk enquiring about whether the re-examination will be held, requesting for announcing the dates for the reconduct of Maths Class X examination.”
Keeping in mind the paramount interest of students, the Board has taken the decision to not hold the re-examination of Class X Maths paper even in Delhi NCR and Haryana, the board clarified.
“And wherever it is conclusively established, after due enquiry in specific cases, that undue advantage of the alleged leakage has been taken by beneficiaries, action shall be taken as per the provisions of CBSE Examination bye-laws,” it said.
The government has also constituted a committee, comprising experts, under the chairmanship of V S Oberoi, an ex-HRD secretary to examine the process of conduct of CBSE exams and suggest measures to make it secure and foolproof through the use of technology. It has been asked to submit its report by May 31.
On March 28, without explicitly admitting that there had been paper leaks, the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) under the Union Human Resources Development Ministry had said that examinations for these two papers will be re-conducted. In a press conference last Friday, HRD Ministry secretary Anup Swarup had announced that while class XII Economics paper will be reconducted for all students given the impact it has on future admissions and careers, Class X paper will be reconducted only in Delhi and Haryana, if required.
March 28: Examination for Class X maths paper, along with Class XII economics paper will be re-conducted
March 30: Examination for Class X maths paper to be held only in Delhi, Haryana
April 3: No re-examination of Class X maths paper anywhere in the country
Consequent to the preliminary evaluation of the impact of reportedly leaked CBSE class 10 maths paper & keeping in mind the paramount interest of students, CBSE has decided not to conduct re-examination even in the states of Delhi NCR and Haryana. Hence, no re-exam for class 10— Anil Swarup (@swarup58) April 3, 2018