In the recent case of chemistry paper leak in the state of Karnataka, where the question paper of Class 12 was leaked twice before the scheduled date, the board has finally decided to conduct the examination on April 12.
According to a TOI report , after the leak of question papers for the II PUC chemistry examination, the board on the directions of the government randomly selected an old set that was to be given on March 21 examination, which led to a second leakage.
To put a stop to all the paper leaks, the government has given instructions not to keep question paper at taluk-level treasuries.
With the recent reports coming in this case, the opposition leaders and the students union have demanded the steeping down of Karnataka’s medical education minister, Sharanprakash Patil, as the members in his office were involved in the paper leak.
It has already been revealed by the Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) that the personal assistant to the minister, Obalaraju, bought the chemistry question paper for his child who was to appear for the examination.
(Read: Chemistry Board exam paper cancelled again in Karnataka: Students protest against repeated paper leaks)
As of now, Sharanprakash Patil has refused to step down and has said, “I was not even aware that Obalappa (Special Officer) was involved in the case. The CID police are doing a good job. I am nowhere connected to the case. Hence, my resignation is of no consequence.”
Moreover, the question papers that were set in January were printed at a secret press in a nearby state and were directly sent to the districts from the press.
In addition to this, the biggest blunder by the department was the printing of re-exam question papers at the same press.
Speaking after observing the ongoing situation, an officer said, “This shows that the government did not take any serious measures after the paper leaked the first time, leaving 1.7 lakh students in doldrums.”
Further, it has ordered to reset the question paper for the re-examination on April 12 in a different press.
Also, to keep a close check on the leakages, the board has decided to deploy police who will guard the question paper sets when they would be transferred from the treasuries to the examination centres.
As per the sources, if directors are changed frequently, it would lead to humiliation among other educational boards of the country and paper leakages will not stop.