New Delhi: Contradictory reports in the media and “if”, “but” and “at all” in School Education Secretary’s statement is adding to the anxiety of hundreds of thousands of Class 10 students who are already in shock after Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced last Wednesday to re-conduct their Mathematics paper.
While announcing to re-conduct the Class 10 Mathematics paper on the day it was held all across the country and also in some countries abroad, the CBSE had also said that it will announce the re-exam date within a week. The CBSE had also decided to re-conduct Class 12 Economics paper. However, on Friday itself Education Secretary Anil Swarup called a press meet and announced the re-exam date of Class 12 Economics paper on April 25.
It was however his statement regarding the re-exam of Class 10 Mathematics paper that led to contradictory reports in the media, only adding to woes of already anguished students. “The Class 10 re-exam, if at all it is held, will be only for the students in Delhi and Haryana regions. A decision in this regard will be taken within 15 days and if at all the re-exam is held it will be only in July”, Swarup said while addressing the media on Friday.
This led to the reports in a section of media jumping to the conclusion that Class 10 Mathematics re-exam can be cancelled. Quoting the School Education Secretary’s statement with “if”, “but”, “at all” and “that too, if needed” a leading media outlet came out with the headline “Re-Exam For Class 12 Economics on April 25, Class 10 Students May Be Spared” and said “he Central Board of Secondary Education, or CBSE, appears to be having second thoughts on a re-exam for the Class 10 Maths paper.”
As the speculations were rife over the Class 10 Maths re-exam after Anil Swarup’s press, Education Minister Prakash Javdekar took to Twitter and tried, though unsuccessfully, to clear the confusion of over 16 lakh students. "In the larger interest of academics and students the sensitive government has taken a decision not to have nationwide retest in Maths for class 10th. The test will be held in Delhi, Haryana after final inputs from police and, that too if needed, it will be held in July," he tweeted.
Ruling out a nationwide re-tests for Class 10 mathematics, Javdekar said that a final decision on the re-examination for Delhi-NCR and Haryana would be taken in the next 15 days following a detailed inquiry. The minister’s statement again left the CBSE Class 10 students puzzled and wondering if the government is really having second thoughts on a re-exam for the Class 10 Maths paper, as reported in the media.
Amid the confusion over Class 10 Maths re-exam, it was pointed out by some students that CBSE Class 12 Economics Re-Exam to be held on April 25 will clash with Andhra Pradesh EAMCET and Kerala Engineering Entrance. Coming close to JEE Main which is scheduled on April 15 and 16, the Class 12 Economic re-test is also likely to disturb the studies of the students who are appearing for the all-important engineering entrance.
The 2018 Class 12 and Class 10 board exams started on March 05. The CBSE Class XII exam is still underway and will end on April 12, 2018 with HOME SCIENCE as the last paper. The CBSE Class 10 Mathematics paper was held on Wednesday whereas the Class 12 Economics paper was held on March 26.
The CBSE 2018 Class 10 and Class 12 exams have been marred by reports of paper leaks. Earlier, there were also reports that CBSE Class 12 Accountancy paper was leaked and circulated on social media. The leak was confirmed by Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy CM and Education Minister. The CBSE however rejected all reports claiming the leak.
The CBSE decision had prompted protest from students and parents. The matter also took political turn with Congress, CPI (M) and other parties while slamming the Modi government termed the incident of paper leaks gross failure of the government.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education and the CBSE both are silent on when the Class 10 Result 2018 will be declared and when Compartment Exam 2018 will be held if the Maths re-exam is held in July.
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