Indian Council of Secondary Education (ICSE) board Monday announced that there will be no re-exam for geography, even as few parents had written to the board for a re-examination, as the paper was allegedly “leaked”.
The board will now constitute a fact-finding committee for a “detailed investigation” in the matter.
“The investigation is going on. However, we have decided that there will be no exam, and an announcment on this matter has been put up on the website already,” Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, told Newsline.
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Last Thursday, a few parents raised alarm after comparing the Geography exam, conducted by the Board on March 11, to the question paper of the prelims exam of Bombay Scottish School, Mahim, on January 9. It was alleged that the two question papers were “90 per cent similar”.
Besides uploading a message on its website, the Board sent a detailed note addressing all its principal, informing them about the same. It stated, “This is to inform all concerned that there will be no re-examination in subject Geography of ICSE 2015 examination.”
Meanwhile, the note on the Board’s career portal for school managements, and principals of affilated schools, undersigned by Arathoon, stated, “This is to inform you that a preliminary investigation has been conducted by the Council in the matter of the ICSE 2015 Geography examination, and it has been decided that there will be no re-exam. A fact-finding committee shall be constituted to conduct a detailed investigation in the matter.”
Molly Paul, principal of Bombay Scottish School, refused to speak on the matter, citing that the board is investigating.
The decision has, however, left many school prinicpals and parents of Class X students agitated, “How can they decide on not conducting a re-exam before a detailed investigation is completed? It is the fault of either Bombay Scottish School or the Board for giving a paper similar to the school’s prelims. There will be a selected group of students who will benefit due to this, which is unfair,” said the parent of a student of an ICSE school in Juhu.
Teachers and principals of some of the well-known schools in Mumbai claimed there are at least five paper-setters for every subject. The Board has asked 20 schools across the countryto submit their prelims’ question papers.