Updated: March 21, 2016 7:08:20 pm
The Government on March 15 favoured a probe into the reported leakage of a CBSE Class XII examination paper and suggestions that the questions were rather difficult for the students, after members from several parties raised the issue in the Lok Sabha.
N K Premchandran (RSP) and K C Venugopal (Congress) said most questions of the mathematics paper were “very difficult” and out of syllabus, while referring to media reports that claimed that the questions were leaked in the Patna region.
While even many bright students in southern India found the questions very tough, on the other hand they were leaked in north India, Venugopal said, alleging that there was a conspiracy behind it and the HRD ministry should intervene.
Premchandran said tens of thousands of CBSE students were “adversely affected” by the mathematics paper as 80 per cent of the questions were very difficult and also out of syllabus.
Ramesh Bidhuri (BJP) blamed the UPA government, saying they have set up a system which tries to “suppress bright Indian students”.
It was due to the American pressure, Bidhuri claimed, that the previous government decided to have a no-fail system of examination till Class IX.
His comments drew protests from Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who said the BJP government has been in power for close to two years but he was still blaming the previous dispensation over such issues.
Making a statement, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said such an issue has “nothing to do with this side or that side.
“The matter deserves enquiry,” he said, adding that he would refer the matter to the HRD Ministry.
CBSE has also issued a notification saying that they will place the feedback before the committee of subject experts and the board will take remedial measures before evaluation.
However, the Board on Wednesday termed Class XII Mathematics paper leak reports as “baseless” reports.
“CBSE would like to assert that the reports are baseless. There has been no such leakage of question paper of any kind but only two questions matched with only one question paper set. But that is a co-incidence as these two questions are also from the NCERT textbook,” the statement said.
The HRD Ministry statement referred to news reports that the class XII Mathematics question paper in Ranchi and Dhanabad was available on WhatsApp on Sunday night and that touts were selling 51 questions and answers near examination centres on Sunday.
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