The happiness and the joy of the CBSE class 10th students knew no bounds soon after their last board exam paper but it was short lived with the board declaring that students will have to sit for a retest following reports of the question paper having been leaked.

The board’s statement on Wednesday said the board had taken cognisance of “certain happenings in the conduct of certain examinations”. It decided to re-conduct Class X Maths and Class XII Economics papers to “uphold the sanctity of the board and in the interest of fairness to the students.”

However, the decision of a retest hasn’t been received well by the student community and their parents as the protests are on at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar against the CBSE’s decision to conduct the exams again.

Students and youth leaders from the Congress on Friday, March 30, 2018, held protests in several parts of the national capital, accusing the board of negligence and demanding immediate action against the guilty.

“I am disheartened at having to prepare afresh and sit for the exam when it had gone really well as it was an easy paper,” said one student on having put to go through the same stress again.

Students are signing a petition against re-exam on change.org. They are urging that grades should be given to them and re-test to be held in Delhi region.

The situation, however, is worse than what it seems at first.

In the words of NSUI leader Neeraj Mishra, “The leaks have exposed the capture of the highest academic institutions by the exam mafia under the watch of the Modi government as well as the abdication of authority by the HRD minister and the CBSE chairperson.”

This isn’t the first time that a paper has been leaked in the recent times. Vyapam, AIIMS and SSC exam papers too met the same fate. Whose fault is it? Who should be held responsible for this? People are seen posing such questions on the Government. But, focusing on what needs to be done for the betterment of the student community is the need of the hour.

Necessary steps should be taken so that the young minds don’t lose their faith in the system. The CBSE chief has been facing heavy criticism following the blunder and the Government should investigate if there was any negligence on her part. Amidst all the chaos, it remains to be seen how the CBSE board will resurrect its tarnished image.

Sadly, CBSE Board exam leaked papers have posed more question than a re-examination could ever answer.

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