A shocking news for students as the question paper for the chemistry re-examination that they were to write had been leaked. More than 1.75 lakh II PUC students across Karnataka woke up to this. A red-faced state government ordered the re-exam cancelled.
The re-exam will be held on April 12. As a first step, the government suspended 40 employees of the department of pre-university for dereliction of duty. The re-exam was taking place as the question paper was leaked on March 21 and it was confirmed only after the exam was held. The exam was scrapped and a March 31 re-exam announced.
CID officials investigating the leakage of the March 21 paper stumbled upon a suspicious email that had landed in a student's email inbox on Wednesday night. The email was followed by some students receiving on WhatsApp handwritten versions of question papers set for the re-exam. These were forwarded to department director Pallavi Akurathi around 3am. On finding that one handwritten version matched the actual question paper - which had been sent to exam centres - she ordered the re-exam cancelled. By 7am, word was out that the re-exam had been cancelled. Angry parents and students stormed the PU Board headquarters in Malleswaram and threw stones.
This is the first time such thing has happened. The PU education department had filed a police complaint after leakage of paper on March 21st and the government ordered a CID investigation. Not one person has been arrested so far. Last week, Ajay Seth, principal secretary, primary education department, had promised there would be no more paper leaks. The exams started on March 11 and were to end on March 28 as per the original schedule.