After rumours of both the papers being leaked before the exam on Wednesday, the board cancelled the exam and ordered a retest, evoking sharp reactions from the students, their parents and the academia. The mathematics paper was conducted on Wednesday and the economics exam on Monday. The decision will affect 22 lakh students across the country.
Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday assured that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will ensure that the difficulty level for the retest of Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics paper does not change.
“They are now worried as to what type of papers and level of difficulty (in the questions) will be set when the board conducts the examination again. There is nothing to worry. It will be the same. There will not be any injustice with any student,” Javadekar said.
Allaying fears of a breach in the system, Javadekar also said that the sanctity of the question papers will be protected with the use of technology across the country from Monday.
“We are deeply saddened by the incident. I want to assure parents and students that they will not have to face any such problem in future. I can understand the ordeals that students and parents must have gone through due to the paper leak,” the minister told reporters during a press conference at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in Delhi.