Virtually admitting that there was leakage of portions of the SSLC mathematics question paper, the government has decided to cancel the examination held on March 20 and conduct a re-examination.
The examination will be held again at 1.30 p.m. on March 30. Examinations scheduled to be held in schools that day will now be held at 9.30 a.m. on March 31.
The decision to cancel the examination held on March 20 was taken by a meeting convened by Education Minister C. Ravindranath here on Saturday to discuss the alleged leakage of as many as 13 questions figuring in the question paper. The meeting also entrusted the General Education Secretary to probe the issue further.
The issue arose when reports appeared in the social media alleging that 11 of the questions were identical to those figuring in the model question paper of a private institution in Malappuram. The Education Minister termed the development as a case of ‘overlap’ and said the decision to conduct a fresh examination was taken to allay the students’ concerns and enable them to attempt it better.
The Director of Public Instruction had asked the Pareeksha Bhavan Joint Commissioner to look into allegations that the person who had prepared the question paper was associated with the private institution in Malappuram. The discussion at the meeting convened by the Minister was based on the findings of this inquiry.
In a statement late on Saturday, Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said the Education Minister should accept the responsibility and step down. The Congress-led Kerala Pradesh School Teachers’ Association (KPSTA), which had raked up the issue and sought a Vigilance inquiry into the allegation, said it was a clear case of question paper leak. The CPI-led All Kerala School Teachers’ Union (AKSTU) said exemplary punishment should be meted out to those responsible for the examination fiasco.