Class 12 CBSE paper leak bomb shocks parents, students alike
Exactly half an hour before lakhs of students were set to attempt their Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) accountancy paper across the country on Thursday, a complaint was lodged on CBSE's website stating that paper set by the board had been leaked on WhatsApp sending parents, students and teachers in a tizzy.
The allegedly leaked paper of accountancy matched all the questions of the second set of the paper attempted by students and several questions of the first and third sets.
The leak was confirmed, even before the examination ended, by deputy CM Manish Sisodia who tweeted, "Received complaints about the Class 12 CBSE accountancy paper being leaked. Have asked officers of Directorate of Education to investigate and lodge a complaint with CBSE. Swift action must be taken, so that hard working students don't suffer due to the negligence of CBSE."
Sisodia also said that the board should zero down on how the paper reached WhatsApp to ensure students do not suffer due to the fault of one examination centre.
"CBSE is one of the most reputed organisations. I'm sure they will take swift action and try to find out how the paper reached WhatsApp right before the exam. If a particular center is at fault then let not all the students suffer," he tweeted.
The CBSE, however, has refuted all allegations of paper leak and said that the news of leak is being circulated as an act of mischief to disturb the atmosphere of examinations.
The Board has also decided to constitute an expert committee to investigate how the leak took place.
"There has been no leakage of the question paper. All the seals have been found intact at all the exam centres. During the process of Examination, however, at local level, some miscreants have tried to play mischief by circulating messages through WhatsApp and other social media to disturb the sanctity of examinations," CBSE officials said in a statement released on Thursday afternoon.
"CBSE has decided to take strict action against such activities. FIR is being lodged by CBSE today," the official statement read.
The reports of paper leak has sent a wave of surprise across the school teachers who have raised doubts with repeated complaints surrounding the paper leak this year.
A principal of a distinguished school in Delhi, on the condition of anonymity, said: "We have been hearing about reports of paper leak in Physics and Chemistry this year by students. There is a pattern of recurrence in these concerns raised by students and if at all it is true, it is a matter of serious concern for lakhs of students of this country."
Reena Mehta, head of Accountancy department at Delhi Public School, R K Puram said: "Students are more concerned about the leak of accountancy paper as it might lead to re-writing the paper by April."
Dushyant Dewar, a class 12 student who attempted the paper said that he is comforted by the confirmation from CBSE, refusing any leak. "The paper was not difficult I am hoping I will not have to write it again."