After news over the leak of Karnataka Pre-University Board Chemistry paper, the exam taken by 1.7 lakh students all over the state on Monday was cancelled and the re-exam was set for March 29, said officials of the board acknowledging the fact that the question paper was leaked.
The II Pre-University (PU) chemistry examination (new syllabus) was cancelled by the Department of PU Education (DPUE) after the lid was blown off by a student who had alerted the authorities about the question paper leak on Monday itself and several students staged a protest outside the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) on Tuesday.
Students questioned why they should be put to trauma of studying again and taking the test. The board in a press statement said the Chief Superintendents and Joint Superintendents of exam centres at SASM PU College for Women, Ballari, and Government PU College, Malur in Kolar district, have been suspended over the leak, pending investigation.
DPUE Director Pallavi Akurathi told media that a student who received the questions in Whatsapp message alerted the board at 7:30 am on Monday, two hours before the exam was held. “He said one of his classmates had sent it to him. He then forwarded the images to us. As many as 36 out of 37 questions in the paper matched,” she told the media explaining the cancellation of Chemistry exam forthwith.
The state Primary and Secondary Education Department is expected to set up a committee to conduct an internal probe into the incident.
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