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Muddapanel discusses pros and cobs of re-exams, explore ways and means to make system leak-proof

Two days after news came out that two CBSE question papers were leaked the policehave detained a man suspected to have played a major role.Students were able to access the handwritten question papers which were circulated over WhatsApp. Education Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a press conference today that “those responsible won’t be spared”. It was also announced that the two exams will be re-conducted.

Thursday’s edition of Mudda, APN’s daily current affairs show, discussed the ramifications of the paper leak. Moderated by Anant Tyagi, the guests were class 10 student Lakshmi Priya and Himanshu, Priya’s mother Dr Jajeesh Singh, member of parents association (Gautam Budh Nagar) Niti Srivastav, educationist Professor KK Tripathi, psychiatrist Dr Kapil Kakkar, secretary of Rani Laxmi Bai School (Noida) Madhusudan Dixit, BJP spokesperson Ashok Thakur, Congress spokesperson Onkar Nath Singh and APN consulting editor Govind Pant Raju.

Lakshmi Priya it is demoralizing as a hardworking individual. She said: “It feels all the hardwork has gone down the drain. If the exam is not re-conducted then the results will not be fair.”

Himanshu on the other hand feels that the exams should not be re-conducted as it is not fair to make the all the students go through it all over again for the fault of just five students.Dr Jajeesh Singh said the whole incident will put the other students under psychological pressure.

Dr Kapil Kakkar said: “The hardwork will not go waste because the students who had access to the leaked papers will be able to increase maximum 10-20% of their marks. The good students, like the ones who scored 80-90%, will score 90%. They will maintain their consistency irrespective of everything. I am disappointed with the government’s decision to re-conduct the examination. Their decision is immature. First, why should the ones who gave their exams honestly have to give it again? Second, the students will have to go through period of uncertainty till the date of the exam is announced. Parents have to handle it carefully. The centre is saying the decision to re-conduct exams was in alignment with the court’s decision. The judges are not specialists in the matter. The ministryis supposed to know more than them. Why should the court have to give them advice?”

Niti Srivastav said the accountability and transparency of the CBSE board should be increased.

KK Tripathi pointed out that there should be some checks on the coaching centres. He said: “These centres play an important role in these paper leak incidents.”

Ashok Thakur saidthe Centre’s decision is a well-thought out one. He explained: “This decision has been taken so that those who are behind this get the message that they won’t be able to get away with it.”

Madhusudan Dixit talked about the inefficiencies of the CBSE. He said: “The workload of the chairman is so much but he does not come to office ever. This was the case with the previous chairmen too. The office in Preet Vihar remains almost empty. Besides a dearth of resources, there are no qualified people in the CBSE. A year ago, the secretary was replaced without any reason by an inefficient person. The former secretary had almost 17 years of experience in the field.”

Govind Pant Raju said these incidents are occurring in every examination—be it CBSE or SSC. He said: “The local intelligence should be strengthened. It is clear that there are fixing. We should now think about a foolproof solution.”

~ Compiled by Usha Rani Das

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