The controversy over alleged CBSE paper leak is refusing to boil down.
Following investigations over the last few days, Delhi police has arrested three persons – two teachers and a coaching centre owner – in connection with the alleged CBSE paper leak scam, which has left more than 20 lakh students in a lurch.
According to a PTI report, the arrests were made in connection with the alleged leak of the Class 12 CBSE economics paper. Earlier, Delhi police had filed two separate cases in the alleged leak of the economics paper and Class 10 mathematics paper.
The accused were identified as Rishabh and Rohit, teachers at a private school, and Touqeer, a tutor at a coaching centre in Bawana, police said.
On Sunday, The Indian Express reported that Jharkhand police has arrested at least 12 persons, including students and coordinators of a coaching institute, during its investigations with the alleged leak of the mathematics paper.
Reports said the Crime Branch questioned over 60 people, mostly teachers and coaching centre owners, in connection with the case. Those questioned also included the administrators of over 10 WhatsApp groups in which the leaked question papers were shared.
On March 23, CBSE officials received a complaint through fax. It alleged that a tutor running a coaching institute in Rajindar Nagar, Delhi is allegedly involved in the paper leak. It also named two schools in Rajinder Nagar for their involvement in the incident.
On March 26, CBSE officials received an unaddressed envelope containing four sheets of handwritten answers of the Class 12 Economics paper. It was a clear indication that the question paper had been leaked in advance and circulated on WhatsApp groups.
CBSE orders re-examination
On March 28, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced re-examination in the Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics subjects, inviting outrage from students across the country.
“The board has taken cognizance of certain happenings in the conduct of certain examinations as are being reported. With a view to uphold the sanctity of the board examinations and in the interest of fairness to the students, the board has decided to re-conduct the examinations for the following subjects,” the board said in a press release.
It also said that the re-examination dates of the Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics papers would be posted on the CBSE website within a week.
Parents and students aghast
Hours after CBSE’s re-examination order, hundreds of students and angry parents took to the streets of Delhi, demanding that the order is revoked.
Around 17 lakh students of Class 10 and 5 lakh students of class 12 will have to re-appear for the test.
“The hard work of lakhs of students is wasted. Why should all these students pay the price because of the criminal acts of a few? The authorities should take action against the culprits rather than punishing innocent students,” Varun Kumra from DAV School, who recently appeared in his Class 12 examinations, told InUth.