Each year, around 11 Lakh children in India and the world appear for the CBSE exams in India and rest of the world. Since 1962, it has been considered as one of the highest and best-developed forms of education in the country. Be it the cutoffs for admissions into Delhi University or a basic requirement by a lot of foreign universities- the CBSE results play an extremely important role in shaping students’ higher education.
However, over all these years, there has also been increasing critique of the he flaws we have in the name of an education system in the country. Every year, as board exams approach, kids are told not to stress out as it is ‘just another exam’. However, we need to consider how important it is for most of us to score extremely well in order to secure our futures.
Every March, there is some controversy or the other circulating CBSE and the innumerable loopholes it has. For instance, scrapping and reinforcing, and then again scrapping the moderation policy; making extremely difficult question papers with some questions that apparently are out of the syllabi; the completely different poles of students’ marks over different regions; and the latest: at least two entire question papers (Class X Math and Class XII Economics) being leaked.
10th and 12th grades are often a nightmare for students and their families. There is a massive amount of hard work that goes into getting a desirable score for one’s dream colleges. However, all of that effort and hard work goes down the drain when something like this happens, because the education system isn’t able to effectively carry out the one job they have: conduct the exams in a fair and honest manner. Every year they deny leaks, hide their flaws and loopholes and repeat the same the next year.
According to several news reports, the economics question paper was leaked 90 minutes before the exam, and three arrests have been made so far, for involvement in the leak. One of the arrested is an Economics tutor in outer Delhi’s Bawana. Allegedly, students were charged Rs.2000-2500 for access to the leaked paper. A grade 10 student informed the police a night before the Math exam about the possibility of a leak.
As of now, while the fate of thousands of 10th graders remains undecided, the 12th grade economics students will have to reappear for their exam, scheduled on April 25th, almost a month later than the original exam.