Karnataka Std XII paper leaks twice in 10 days

Hours before the rescheduled Chemistry exam was to begin, department of pre-university education was alerted about the leak in two locations

Bengaluru: In a second shock for students in 10 days, the Chemistry paper of Std XII leaked in Karnataka again yesterday, prompting the authorities to cancel the exam and suspend 40 officials.

Glass panes of the department of pre-university education building damaged in stone pelting as students and parents staged a protest in front of the building. Pic/PTI
Glass panes of the department of pre-university education building damaged in stone pelting as students and parents staged a protest in front of the building. Pic/PTI

Hours before the rescheduled Chemistry exam was to begin, the department of pre-university education was alerted about the leak in two locations in the state, a development that affected over 1.74 lakh students.

In a charged atmosphere, agitated parents and students gathered in front of the department of pre-university education (DPUE) building as a section of protesters pelted stones at it, damaging glass windows, police said.

As the issue rocked the assembly with the opposition BJP members gunning for his resignation, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar announced the suspension of 40 officers and other staff in the pre-university department.

"The CID is investigating the matter and the government is very serious about it. They are finding out who the culprits are — whether they are insiders or outsiders," said Home Minister G Parameshawara.

Earlier, the March 21 Chemistry exam was cancelled and rescheduled for March 31 after a Std XII Science student blew the lid off the paper leak.

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