Last week, the government of Kerala ordered a vigilance probe to look into the SSLC maths paper leak case. Prof. C Ravindranath, the current education minister has issued the order based on the report filed by general secretary Usha Titus, asking for a detailed investigation in the case. The order was issued last Saturday and since then, there has been no developments.
The Kerala Education department had quashed the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) Mathematics exam held on March 20, 2017 after an investigation found that 13 questions from the examination had been leaked. The class 10 Maths exam Examination was then rescheduled and held again on March 30 and the other examinations scheduled to be held in schools on that day were then conducted at 9.30 a.m. on March 31.
The issue of leaked question paper came into limelight when reports appeared in the social media alleging that 11 of the questions were identical to those figuring in the model question paper of a private institution in Malappuram. The Education Minister termed the development as a case of ‘overlap’. The decision to conduct a fresh examination was taken to allay the students’ concerns and enable them to attempt it better.
The decision to cancel the exam that was held on March 20 and to reschedule it for March 30, 2017 was taken in a meeting convened by Education Minister C. Ravindranath to discuss the alleged leakage of as many as 13 questions figuring in the question paper. The meeting also entrusted the General Education Secretary to probe the issue further.
In the blame game that is associated with almost all such controversies, Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said the Education Minister should accept the responsibility and step down for last week there was another case in connection with allegations that the SSLC maths examination had tough and out-of-syllabus questions, and sought an explanation from the government.
The Congress-led Kerala Pradesh School Teachers’ Association (KPSTA), which had raked up the issue and sought a Vigilance inquiry into the allegation, said it was a clear case of question paper leak. The CPI-led All Kerala School Teachers’ Union (AKSTU) said exemplary punishment should be meted out to those responsible for the examination fiasco.
The Director of Public Instruction has instructed the the Pareeksha Bhavan Joint Commissioner to look into allegations that the person who had prepared the question paper was associated with the private institution in Malappuram or not. The discussion at the meeting convened by the Minister was based on the findings of this inquiry.