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Quash CBSE decision to hold re-examination of Class 10 Maths paper: student to SC

Students staging a protest in New Delhi on Thursday against the CBSE question paper leak.

Students staging a protest in New Delhi on Thursday against the CBSE question paper leak.   | Photo Credit: V. Sudershan

The petition said question papers are set by the C.B.S.E maintaining utmost secrecy.

Fifteen-year-old Rohan Mathew on Saturday moved the Supreme Court with a plea to quash the decision of the CBSE to hold a re-examination of 10th Standard mathematics papers following reports of the leak of question papers.

 

The petition was filed on Saturday, a day after the CBSE announced that a re-examination of Class 12 economics paper will be held on April 25, while the Class 10 mathematics re-test, if required, would be conducted only for Delhi-NCR and Haryana in July.

Mathew, a Class 10 student from a school in Kerala, argued that the CBSE’s decision to cancel the mathematics exam “merely on the basis of an unconfirmed apprehension” of a leak in Delhi had put the future of over 16 lakh students who appeared for the exam on March 28, in India and abroad, in peril.

“Unless there is evidence for widespread and systemic leaking of papers, cancellation of examination of this magnitude is not the solution,” Mathew, represented by advocates Liz Mathew and Raghenth Basant, argued.

He alluded to the 1984 movie The Karate Kid in which the wise old master tells his young student that “there is no such thing as a bad student, but only a bad teacher.”

Mathew said no matter how good or bad a teacher was, the responsibility finally always fell on the student to perform.

“To penalise the entire student community for an incident which allegedly took place in one centre, is arbitrary and illegal in the absence of any evidence to show that the entire examination process was vitiated,” said the petition.

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