To plug question paper leaks and malpractices during examinations, the Public Instruction Department has come out with a new rule that will allow schools to set their own question papers.

The new directive is expected to come into effect from this academic year itself. With the new rule, the question papers that were set at the taluk level and district level for the mid-term and annual exams, earlier, will now be prepared by the association of teachers who will distribute them to schools from their respective centres. This will ensure uniform question papers and also eases the logistics problems, reports Kannada Prabha. In fact, this was in practice for a very long time, but it had its flip-side. It lead to papers being leaked within the teachers' associations.

It may be recalled here that the state witnessed a spate of question paper leaks last year where personnel from the department and minister's PA too were involved. The role of some tuition centres was also not ruled out in leaking the question papers on WhatsApp. Students of second PU were put to severe distress following the question paper leaks.

The new rule is expected to put an end to these irregularities. Besides, it will also equip teachers with the skills to set question papers, observe the education department officials. According to Bangalore Mirror, question papers for all exams will be set by subject teachers in all schools referring to the model papers prepared by the department. Besides, Commissioner for Public Instructions has asked the joint directors and deputy directors of public instructions (DDPI) to implement the practice with immediate effect.