Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar termed the leak of CBSE examination paper an unfortunate incident and said that culprits would not go scot-free. His remarks came on Thursday, a day after the board announced re-examination in a Class 10 and a Class 12 subject.
The issue saw many students holding protest at the Jantar Mantar throughout Thursday and Congress party attacking the government, even demanding resignation of Javadekar.
“This (paper leak) has been breach by the culprits and we will not let any culprit go scot-free. The police is on the job and I am very sure, they will nab the culprits as they have done in case of the SSC exam leak case. We have also instituted an internal inquiry,” the Union HRD minister told the press.
I understand the pain, anguish and frustrations of students and parents because we are one with them, he said.
Defending the CBSE against its growing criticism, Javadekar said that the CBSE has earned a name for conducting good examination and was therefore, assigned the task of conducting medical entrance examination by the Supreme Court.
There are reports that Delhi police has questioned 25 people, including 18 students and five tutors, in connection with the alleged leak of CBSE examination papers.
Meanwhile, students held protest against the CBSE’s decision to hold re-examination of Class 10 Mathematics and Class 12 Economics papers. Cries of ‘we want justice’ resonated at Jantar Mantar with several students and their wards seen holding placards and shouting slogans such as ‘stop playing hit and trial with our lives’ and ‘It’s not the students who need a re-test, it’s the system’.
Many of the students claimed that almost all the papers were leaked a day before the examinations, and demanded that if a re-examination is to be held, it should be held of all the subjects.
The Congress too criticised the Central government demanded that Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and the board chairperson be sacked.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the party demands that HRD Minister Javadekar and CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal be sacked and a judicial probe by a high court judge be ordered into the matter.
The Delhi Police has registered two cases in connection with the leaks.
(With inputs from PTI)