Secretary Education Anil Swarup and CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal giving clarifications at a press conference on CBSE Paper Leak in 2018; CBSE fails itself again, Sec 144 was not in the syllabus
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has urged the Odisha Government to impose Section 144 of CrPC around examination centres, where Classes-X and XII final examinations will be held from February 15 to April 4. This is the first instance of its kind in the State in view of question paper leakage reported in 2018.
CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal has requested the State Government to extend security support and adequate police personnel to be deployed near examination centers in all 30 districts in Odisha. While examination will be held from 10 am to 1.30 pm, there should be uninterrupted power supply during the examination.
– 3.3 million class 10th and 12th students from 459 schools affiliated to the CBSE,
– 124 schools fixed as examination centers in the State.
CBSE’s Credibility under a cloud.
Most of the students and their families have raised pertinent questions on the examination system of the CBSE and its competence. Its decision to apply Sec 144 clearly proves that it does not trust its own examinees; the CBSE assumes that its own examinees and its staff will resort to unfair means. Such a brutal display of distrust clearly renders the entire exercise of examinations good-for-nothing. Above all, the general public is being made to pay for the failure of the CBSE and its examination system. In addition, the CBSE does not pay anything for the deployment of additional security forces. The state government, that is, the humble citizen who has nothing to do with CBSE has to bear this.
There are a number of ways with which an examiner can eliminate use of unfair means. Copying, leaking question papers can easily be rendered useless provided the examiner knows about the examination process very well. To dwell into the ‘how-to’ details is beyond the scope of this post.
CBSE is not Indispensible.
The CBSE, the Institution, runs on government aid which in turn is funded by the tax-payer’s money. And a big majority of those tax-payers have never faced CBSE in their lives. They never will, as they don’t see any need of it. Besides, the writers and creators of the CBSE text books did not ever go to school. In view of this, the CBSE is not so indispensable as is made out to be. As a matter of fact, the CBSE has no right to inconvenience the general public by asking for Sec 144 for any of its event. It should stay confined within its walls. This not only places unnecessary burdens on the available manpower, public money and resources, but it also raises doubts on the legitimacy of such a request. The CBSE needs to ask itself : ‘Is it a liability to the Nation or an asset?’
Alternative to CBSE
The true test of a person’s caliber is surely not a certificate from the CBSE. The Industry, in particular, and the society, in general, have realized this fact today. Any capable person, having the requisite skills can survive and prosper without ever going through CBSE formalities. The inventors, the writers, and the other creative people bear testimony to this as they either never went to school or were school drop-outs. The irony, however, is Institutions like CBSE follow the works of those intellectual people and include in its curriculum.
The need of the hour is, therefore, to break free from the clutches of CBSE like hypes and carve an own identity based on the person’s skills, aptitude, tastes and capabilities.