NHRC issues notices to HRD Ministry, CBSE, Delhi Police over ‘paper leak’

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued notices to the Secretary, HRD Ministry, Chairman, CBSE and Delhi Police Commissioner over alleged paper leak of Class 10 and 12 Board exams and it has sought for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.

The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports about the incidents of papers leak of Class X and XII board examinations being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Reportedly, two cases have been registered on charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy and some arrests have been made. The Commission has observed that prima facie, it seems the authorities concerned have failed to keep the faith of the students, intact, the NHRC said in a statement. The humiliation being faced by the innocent students is amounting to violation of their Rights to Dignity and Education. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, the Chairperson, Central Board of Secondary Education and the Commissioner of Police, Delhi calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks, the Rights panel said.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development is also expected to inform the Commission about the steps taken regarding counselling of the aggrieved students and to make the process of conducting board examinations trustworthy and foolproof to avoid recurrence of such painful incidents in future.

The Commission has further observed that such instances would adversely affect the credibility of the institutions in which the students have absolute faith.  The students have been undergoing trauma engulfed with helplessness, heart break and mental agony during examinations days. The parents and the teachers try their best to counsel and motivate the students to remain calm and confident these days.

Several government and non-government agencies including the media also contribute to impart ancillary support to the students to deal with the anxiety, attached to the board examinations. In spite of all the best efforts made by every stake holder, if the preparations done by the students go in vain due to such demoralising and unexpected incidents like paper leak, it would definitely shatter the enthusiasm of the young aspiring students.

According to the media reports, six students were detained by the police in Jharkhand’s Chatra district and the Crime Branch of Delhi police has also been cracking down. Several persons including administrators of some WhatsApp groups, coaching centre’s owners and tutors were questioned about the leak and as per recent media reports, three teachers have been arrested and an official of the CBSE has been placed under suspension.

As stated by the CBSE authorities, the decision to go for retest has been taken in the interest of the children and an inquiry into the leak is underway. The matter is being investigated into by the police and an intra departmental probe is also being conducted.


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