The Central Board of Secondary Education denied on Tuesday any plans to re-conduct the Class 12 mathematics examination after a fake circular that went viral on social media said the test was rescheduled for May 1.
Several students and parents were left confused after the circular – that was purportedly signed by ‘CBSE Public Relations Officer’—announced a re-test of the unusually tough mathematics paper that had driven thousands of students to tears.
“We have not issued any circular recently on Class 12 board exam. The circular doing rounds is fake. After my name it says ‘Divasa Murkha’. This is just a fake circular doing rounds. There is nothing regarding re-exam on our website,” CBSE spokesperson Rama Sharma told HT.
The circular mentioned ‘Divasa Murkha’ (Fools Day), a bit probably missed by many who shared the fake document.
“A friend told me about re-exam announcement. But turns out it’s a fake circular. This is confusing,” said a student.
In an earlier March 16 circular, the CBSE announced “remedial measures” after hundreds of students and teachers complained the “lengthy and tough” mathematics question paper diminished their chances of scoring above 90 marks.
A high score in Mathematics is important as it is expected to drive the overall percentage of marks obtained by the student and is crucial for college entrances, where cut-offs regularly touch 98-99%.