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Thursday March 29, 2018 6:32 PM, & Agencies

CBSE students Protest

New Delhi: Upset over the Central Board of Secondary Education's decision to re-conduct Class 12 Economics and Class 10 Mathematics papers, hundreds of students on Thursday are protesting at Delhi's Jantar Mantar.

Reports of students' protests are also coming from Ludhiana in Punjab. Activists of All India Democratic Students' Organisation have also joined the protesting students in the national capital. Holding placards, with slogans like 'Stop playing hit and trial with our lives' and 'It's not the students who need a retest, it's the system', the students rued how they have been left "traumatised" after hearing the news of re-examination.

Talking to reporters the students while claiming that question papers of all subjects were leaked a day before the exams they demanded from the CBSE to re-conduct all papers, not just Economics and Maths. They said besides Mathematics and Economics, many other papers were leaked before the exams.

"All the papers were available a day before the exams. Our friends had offered to sell the papers for Rs 2,000 but we did not believe them. After we appeared for the exam, we did realise that the papers were exactly the same that were being circulated among various groups. If a re-examination has to happen, it should be for all the subjects", Rahul, a Class 12 student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, is quoted in the media.

The students' claim of paper leak has also been shared by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar yesterday who said, "2-3 papers had been leaked on WhatsApp 30 minutes before the exams". Javadekar also said that he could not sleep last night because besides being a minister, he is also a parent.

Earlier, after the report that Class 12 Accountancy paper had been leaked before the exam, the CBSE denied the report, though it was confirmed by Delhi Education Minister and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

On Thursday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi shared the anguish of the protesting students and posted two messages on Twitter lending his support. "The exam leaks destroy the hopes and futures of millions of students. The Congress always protected our institutions. This is what happens when institutions are destroyed by the RSS/BJP. Believe me when I say, this is only the beginning", he said.

In another tweet posted in Hindi, Rahul Gandhi said, "How many leaks? Data Leaks! Aadhar leaks! SSC Exam leaked! Election Date leaked! CBSE papers leaked! Leaks in everything because the Chowkidar is weak."

The CBSE had on Wednesday left over 20 lakh students stunned after it announced that Class 12 Economics and Class 10 Maths examinations will be re-conducted. The CBSE did not announce any date of the re-exams so far. It said the re-exam date will be announced in a week's time.

The decision prompted angry reactions from students, and parents and Twitter and other social media platforms were flooded with messages questioning the CBSE decision.

"I've decided that i will send my children to abroad for their education instead of sending them to these indian schools under such CBSE system... My friends failing in pre boards are also going to score 99 and 100 today", dhruv reacted via Twitter handler @dhruv2k00 in these words.

Akshaya who uses Twitter handler @rainafan3 posted this to express her disappointment, "Don't call yourself the biggest Board in the country #CBSE. Once the best board now comedy of errors. You are responsible for stress for the students."

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.

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