CBSE caught in engineering re-test dilemma
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is caught in a dilemma over who all to allow to appear for the May 11 All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) re-run forced by a question paper leak.delhi Updated: May 05, 2011 23:36 IST
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is caught in a dilemma over who all to allow to appear for the May 11 All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) re-run forced by a question paper leak.
Several parents have petitioned the Board, demanding that all 12 lakh applicants for the test be allowed to take the May 11 examination, scheduled by the CBSE for students who could not take the May 11 test. About 32, 000 students could not appear for the May 1 test, which was delayed following the paper leak, resulting in a clash with another examination that day.
But the Board is worried that allowing all candidates to reappear may trigger another set of concerns and plans to restrict the re-run to those who could not take the May 1 test, top CBSE officials told HT.
"We are caught in a situation where it is impossible to satisfy everyone. We will face flak, no matter what we do," a top CBSE official said.
The AIEEE was delayed by two-and-a-half hours on May 1, after Uttar Pradesh police officers discovered a paper leak. All students barring about 32, 000 took the delayed test after hours of suspense and waiting in unpleasant summer heat.
Many parents are arguing that the performance of their children on May 1 cannot be compared with those of the candidates who appear for the May 11 test - 10 days later - with knowledge of the question paper standards.
They have suggested making it optional for all students to reappear for the test, and then considering the best score out of a possible two. This alone, they argue, will prevent complaints of differences in standards between the two papers.
But the CBSE is worried about creating a scenario where one set of candidates have two opportunities - May 1 and May 11 - while another has only the latter test to depend on.
HC refuses to stay AIEEE exam
The Delhi high court on Thursday refused to stay the All India Entrance Examination re-scheduled for May 11 for the candidates who failed to appear in it due to question paper leak on last Sunday.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna rejected a plea for stay of the second phase of the examination but issued a notice to the HRD ministry and CBSE to file their replies by May 18.