Kochi/Mumbai/New Delhi: As protests against the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) unabated consecutively for fourth day on Saturday, a student of Choice School in Kochi, Kerala moved the Supreme Court, against the CBSE decision to re-conduct Class 10 mathematics examination.
The student, Rohan Mathew, said the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) decision to call re-exam of Class 10 Mathematics paper based on reports of leak was arbitrary, illegal and violative of various sections of the Indian Constitution.
Mathew in his petition filed through his father Santhosh Mathew, a practising lawyer of Kerala High Court, also demanded setting up of a special high powered committee to inquire into the “facts and circumstances” leading to the re-exam decision and action against the erring officers of the CBSE for “jeopardising the career of nearly 16 lakh students who appeared for the exam”.
Mathew's petition in the Supreme Court came four days after the CBSE in a sudden decision announced on March 28 said it will re-conduct the Class 12 Economics and Class 10 Maths papers. The CBSE decision prompted angry reactions from all around and protest all across, which ceases to cool down till Saturday.
Amid protests by the students and parents, there were also appeals including by MNS Chief Raj Thackeray to boycott the CBSE re-exam for Class 12 and Class 10. "The CBSE has no business to play with the future of students in this way. I call upon the students from Maharashtra and other parts of the country to boycott the CBSE re-exams", Thackeray said on Friday.
The situation became further out of control after Education Secretary Anil Swarup called a press meet on Friday. Swarup decalred that the Class 12 Economics re-exam will be held on April 25 but said Class 10 re-exam will be held in July only for students of Haryana and Delhi, and only after a through probe. This led to the speculations that the government is having second thoughts over Class 10 Maths re-exam.
The 2018 Class 12 and Class 10 board exams started on March 05. The CBSE Class XII exam is still underway and will end on April 12, 2018 with HOME SCIENCE as the last paper. The CBSE Class 10 Mathematics paper was held on Wednesday whereas the Class 12 Economics paper was held on March 26.
The CBSE 2018 Class 10 and Class 12 exams have been marred by reports of paper leaks. Earlier, there were also reports that CBSE Class 12 Accountancy paper was leaked and circulated on social media. The leak was confirmed by Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy CM and Education Minister. The CBSE however rejected all reports claiming the leak.
Meanwhile, three people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the CBSE Class 12 Economics paper leak case. One of them is an Economics tutor who runs a coaching centre in outer Delhi's Bawana. The two others teach Physics and Maths at a convent school in the same neighbourhood in north-west Delhi, the Delhi Police crime branch said Saturday.
The Delhi police also said it is yet to verify the identity of the Class 10 "whistleblower", who e-mailed CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal the leaked question paper on Tuesday night hours before Class 10 Maths paper was scheduled on March 28. The e-mail contained 12 images of the handwritten Class 10 Mathematics paper allegedly leaked on WhatsApp.
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