The Class 12 examination of the Central Board of Secondary Education has landed in a controversy after Wednesday’s Physics test was leaked in Manipur. Making matters worse a local newspaper in Imphal uploaded the ‘leaked papers’ online.
The incident has created outrage amongst those who sat for the exam, with demands of a re-examination gaining traction through Thursday. The board accepted the leak was genuine but said a re-examination would be held only for the Manipur region, from where the leak is said to have stemmed.
“It has been decided that the Physics examination for the All India Senior School Certificate Examination, 2014, held in the centres in Manipur stand cancelled. The re-examination would now be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014,” the board said in a note on its website.
The move may fuel fury from students outside of Manipur region, whose peers may have gained an advantage from having downloaded the paper from the Internet. CBSE is by far the largest educational board in the country with over 900,000 students appearing for the Class 12 examination this year.
The website of the National Consumer Forum has seen a spate of complaints on the leaks, with students pressing for a re-examination.
The incident came to light when an Imphal-based vernacular, Hueiyen Lanpao, laid hands on hard copies of the leaked papers that were being sold for `3,000-`5,000. The daily uploaded it on its website to “ascertain facts” before the exam took place on Wednesday. The paper was downloaded by many, including scores of students outside of Manipur.
School officials in Jamshedpur were, till Thursday, not aware of the leak.
"Nonetheless this, if true, is an unfortunate development and a crime with the students," DAV Bistupur principal Pragya Singh and Vidya Bharti Chinamaya principal Vipin Sharma said.
Over 5000 students are appearing for the 12th Board exam from 36 CBSE schools across Kolhan here.