The HRD ministry today decided against conducting a re-examination of the CBSE class 10 mathematics paper following reports of paper leak, with the board saying that class 10 was just an “internal segment” of school education system.

The decision has come as a relief to two lakh students from Delhi, NCR and Haryana, who would have appeared for the re-examination, if it was to be conducted.

A total of 16 lakh students had registered for the exam which was held on March 28. The government, however, had decided to leave out 14 lakh students out of the scanner for the re-test, as the reported leaks were restricted to selected areas.

Education Secretary Anil Swarup had earlier in the day said, “Consequent to a preliminary evaluation of the impact of the reportedly leaked CBSE class 10 maths paper & keeping in mind the paramount interest of students, the CBSE has decided not to conduct a re-examination, even in the states of Delhi NCR and Haryana. Hence, no re-exam for class 10“.

In a later statement, the Central Board of Secondary education (CBSE) said, “Class X examination is essentially a gateway for class XI and thus remains largely an internal segment of school education“.

“On the other hand, class XII exams are a gateway to higher education and various professional competitive exams which have limited seats...therefore, giving undue advantage of to a handful of beneficiaries of the alleged leak of the economics paper would not be in larger interest of the students,” it said.

The Centre had reintroduced class X boards this year and junked the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) after it felt that the quality of education was suffering.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development had last week announced the re-examination of CBSE Class 12 economics paper on April 25. It had said the Class 10 mathematics re-test, if required, would be conducted only for the Delhi-NCR region and Haryana in July.

The announcement was made after the board received complaints that question papers of two subjects were leaked.

“The trend of random evaluation done so far for class X mathematics paper is not indicating sudden spikes of unusual patterns, giving any impression of passing on of widespread benefits of alleged leak to students,” the CBSE said in the statement.

“However, wherever it is conclusively established after due enquiry in specific cases, that undue advantage of the alleged leak has been taken by certain beneficiaries, action shall be taken as per the CBSE examination bye-laws,” it added.