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Karnataka Class XII exam: Chemistry paper gets leaked again, Oppn seeks minister’s resignation

Demanding Rathnakar’s resignation, former CM H D Kumaraswamy said students were suffering because of the mistakes of the state government.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 1, 2016 3:33:49 am
Students, parents and ABVP activists block traffic as the chemistry paper in pre-university examination got leaked for the second time in Hubballi on Thursday. The protestors pelted stones at two buses and burnt tyres. Police had to resort to mild lathicharge to disperse the protestors. (Source: PTI)

The Chemistry question paper for the Class XII exam of Karnataka state board was leaked again on Thursday. This was the second time in the last 10 days that the Chemistry paper has been leaked.

The development prompted the Opposition to demand the resignation of Primary and Secondary Education Minister Kimmane Rathnakar. The government has suspended 40 officials of Department of Pre-University Education (PUE), including Joint Director (Examination) K N Ranganath. The exam has now been rescheduled for April 12.

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The exam was originally slated to be held on March 21, but it was rescheduled for Thursday after the question paper leaked. Around 3.30 am Thursday, officials of Karnataka CID informed PUE officials that the question paper had been leaked again. On verification, the department found that questions for 36 marks in the actual paper matched those in the leaked paper. “We directed district authorities not to take out papers from the treasuries and announced cancellation of the exams,” Pallavi Akurati, director of the department of PUE, said.

Cancellation of the exam for the second time irked students who staged protests outside the office of the PUE department at Malleshwaram.

Demanding Rathnakar’s resignation, former CM H D Kumaraswamy said students were suffering because of the mistakes of the state government.

CM Siddaramaiah has appealed to the students and their parents not to worry.

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