Students protest in Bangalore as the II Pre-University (PU) chemistry exam (equivalent to Class 12) question paper has leaked the second time within a short span of time. They are annoyed with Karnataka board's inability in keeping a check on paper leak. According to the police, a section of the agitated parents and students pelted stones and damaged glass windows while protesting in front of the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) building in Bengaluru.
At least 40 DPUE employees have been suspended in connection with the second paper leak. The government has now decided to hold the examination for a third time on April 12. Around 1.74 lakh second year pre-university course students across Karnataka have been affected by this move, especially those students who are appearing for the common entrance test for various courses as their regular examinations are not over yet.
Earlier, the scheduled chemistry exam was held on March 21, but after a student alerted the authorities on the question paper leak, it was cancelled. A re-examination was then scheduled for March 31. However, just before the exam was to be conducted, the DPUE authorities appealed to the students and asked them not to go to the examination centers, as the paper had leaked once again. According to DPUE sources, they were informed early this morning about the question paper leak by CID officials.
The information of another paper leak caused a lot of fury among the students, who had prepared for their re-examination. Crestfallen students raised their voice in protest against the re-examination for the second time. Students question Government for not taking security measures to prevent such incidents.