CBSE 2019 – The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) after facing mortification for the question paper leaks in March this year is considering using encrypted question papers for Class X and XII examinations and passing on the task of printing the question papers to schools from the next year.
The board had to conduct retest for class XII economics Paper on April 25, nearly a month after it was leaked, triggering widespread fury and confusion among students across India. There was also a report of the CBSE’s Class 10 mathematics paper being leaked, but the board decided against a retest, saying that the examination was “largely an internal segment” of the school education system.
CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi told the reporters that “we are testing this on pilot basis during the compartment exams where question papers are being delivered via e-mails 30 minutes ahead of the exam. The passwords are sent separately to the centre superintendent and the question papers are printed and photocopied at the centres itself,”
“The CBSE is also planning to provide logistical support to examination centres which lack adequate printing and xerox machines.
However, a final decision in this regard will be taken soon after an analysis of the pilot run as well as the logistical demands, Mr Tripathi said.
“We are only going to select big schools as centres which have adequate infrastructure. Those which will be found lacking that, we will hire an agency to provide the logistical support to them. The printing cost will be borne by CBSE only. There is not going to be a major difference in the expenditure in the current process and the proposed one,” he added.
“Another possibility we are looking at is to start at a lower scale of sending encrypted question papers where the number of students are low. It all depends now how prepared we are with the logistics,” he said.
According to CBSE, a centre with around 500 students will need to print 8000 pages of question papers in one subject.
“The logistics needed for that is printers, internet, photocopiers, uninterrupted power supply or power backup. There are 1200 KVs and 600 Navodaya Vidyalayas, which are complete with the infrastructure. CBSE needs around 4500 centres, but in this system the number of centres may decrease marginally.
We will look for centres which have higher capacity and the necessary logistics first. This may bring down the number of centres, but we will ensure that students don’t face any difficulty. Those centres which lack certain logistics, CBSE will help, including the remote centres, said Tripathi.
On whether the logistics will need major investment and whether the board is prepared for that, the secretary said that it will be compensated by the cost required for delivering hard copies of question papers.
We will save on the cost of transportation, bank custodian charges, packing, printing which will easily compensate the cost of logistics necessary for the delivery of the encrypted question papers, he said.
“The board is yet to take a call on recommendations made by the committee,” Mr Tripathi said.
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