The School Management Association writes to the CBSE, alleging Class 10 and 12 question papers have been leaked

The Schools’ Management Association wrote a detailed letter to the CBSE, alleging schools were leaking exam papers and changing wrong answers to right ones to improve their students’ grades.

In its letter, the CSMA asked the CBSE to intervene and cancel the first trimester exams. (Representative image)

The CBSE Schools Management Association (CSMA), in a detailed letter to the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE), alleged that many schools were leaking question papers to students in grades 10 and 12 via WhatsApp, the local networks or hard giving copies. The letter says teachers even help students with answer keys.

The CSMA said that in some cases the school administration blatantly helped students by asking them to write “c” in the answer box if they were unsure.

Part of the letter written by CSMA to CBSE, alleging misconduct by schools and teachers during exams.

Once the exams were over, the class supervisors changed the ‘c’ to ‘a’ or ‘b’ or ‘d’, depending on the correct answer.

This was done because it is easier to change the smaller “C” to three other letters.

The association also pointed out that by the time CBSE became aware of the malpractice and changed the response format to all-caps, several important reviews had been completed.

He added that to overcome this, schools asked students to leave the answer blank in case they didn’t know. Class monitors would fill in the correct answer after the exam was completed.

In its letter, the CSMA asked the CBSE to intervene and cancel the first semester exams with immediate effect and not to consider the marks obtained by the students of classes 10 and 12 as valid.

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Jeremy S. McLain