During the 2018 board examinations the leakage of question paper over WhatsApp for class X and XII, had resulted in major embarrassment and loss of face for the CBSE and the MHRD. Following this, the board had decided to adopt a new system to deliver question papers to examination centres of using only encrypted question papers and passwords to be given to open the question papers at a specified time.
CBSE goes back to sending hard copies, drops encrypted question paper plan for board exams.
The Board, at one point, had even thought of giving question in tablets to students but did not go ahead with it because of high costs. CBSE Class X and XII board examinations will continue to follow the traditional method of sending question papers to test centres.
"We had tried this system during a few compartment exams at 32 centres last year wherein schools were asked to open and then print the question papers at a given time," a government official in the school education department of the HRD Ministry said. He, however, conceded that logistically it would be difficult to print question papers at all 4,500 examination centres during the regular examination. "Our assessment said that many schools have the required hardware and printing facilities to carry out the examination but in cases where it's not there we would not be easy to provide infrastructure and logistic support to schools," another official said. "So to be on the safer side we are sending physical papers to centres and encrypted question papers are being prepared only as a back-up plan," he added.
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