The HRD ministry on Tuesday decided against conducting a re-examination of the CBSE Grade 10 mathematics paper following reports of paper leak, with the board saying that Grade 10 was just an “internal segment” of school education system.
Education Secretary Anil Swarup had earlier in the day said, “Consequent to a preliminary evaluation of the impact of the reportedly leaked CBSE Grade 10 maths paper & keeping in mind the paramount interest of students, the CBSE has decided not to conduct a re-examination, even in the states of Delhi NCR and Haryana. Hence, no re-exam for Grade 10”.
In a later statement, the Central Board of Secondary education (CBSE) said, “Class X examination is essentially a gateway for Grade XI and thus remains largely an internal segment of school education”.
“On the other hand, Grade 12 exams are a gateway to higher education and various professional competitive exams which have limited seats. Therefore, giving undue advantage to a handful of beneficiaries of the alleged leak of the economics paper would not be in larger interest of the students,” it said.
The Centre had reintroduced Grade X boards this year and junked the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) after it felt that the quality of education was suffering.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development had last week announced the re-examination of CBSE Grade 12 economics paper on April 25. It had said the Grade 10 mathematics re-test, if required, would be conducted only for the Delhi-NCR region and Haryana in July.
The announcement was made after the board received complaints that question papers of two subjects were leaked.
“The trend of random evaluation done so far for Grade X mathematics paper is not indicating sudden spikes of unusual patterns, giving any impression of passing on of widespread benefits of alleged leak to students,” the CBSE said in the statement.
“However, wherever it is conclusively established after due inquiry in specific cases, that undue advantage of the alleged leak has been taken by certain beneficiaries, action shall be taken as per the CBSE examination by-laws,” it added.