STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

CBSE paper leak: Responsibility can’t be fixed before probe, says Anil Swarup, Secretary, School Education and Literacy Department

Though present at the venue, which turned heated as several tough questions were posed, Karwal barely spoke.

Published: 31st March 2018 05:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th April 2018 08:24 AM   |  A+A-

CBSE students display placards during a protest over the alleged paper leak at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Friday. | PTI

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: There were more questions than answers given at a press conference on Friday by the Human Resources Development Ministry that was called to make announcements related to the latest developments and decisions as a consequence of CBSE paper leaks that have rocked the country.

Anil Swarup, Secretary, School Education and Literacy Department, who was tasked with making the announcements and fielding questions from media, appeared to be fiercely protecting CBSE chairman Anita Karwal, a 1988-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer.

ALSO READ | Education in bigger grip of mafia than coal sector, says Union HRD Secretary

Though present at the venue, which turned heated as several tough questions were posed, Karwal barely spoke. Swarup chose to answer the questions, even those which were addressed to her. While admitting that a “system that had been working fine for last so many years, but did not work this time round,” the secretary, in response to many questions, kept saying that “there are no perfect decisions, but those taken mainly with students’ interest in mind.”

On being asked if responsibility of the leak had been fixed or if heads of top CBSE officials, including that of Karwal, will roll, all Swarup could say was that “responsibility cannot be fixed unless investigations are over and its confirmed at which level leaks have happened.”

He, however, chose to ignore a question on why action was not taken against Karwal given her “moral responsibility” to conduct fair Board examinations. Quizzed if the Board ignored tipoffs of leaks on several occasions before March 28, Swarup said that “a number of papers that were floating around as the leaked paper” had turned out to be a hoax. The secretary also did not make any commitments on part of the government that no leaks will happen in future.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp