Most of the 10 standard students were shocked to see the question paper of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) Mathematics examination conducted on 20 March. The exam had ‘out-of-syllabus’ questions. But students trained at a private institute in Kozhikode found the questions too familiar!  Because, 13 questions were exactly the same as in the model paper distributed among them by the institute a few days back! Even the question numbers were the same!

 

 There were reports that the education section of a regional newspaper also had these questions in a sample question paper published days before the examination.

 

After the serious 'leak' was exposed on social media, the Education Department took note of it and found grave lapse. Education Minister C Raveendranath directed the department to cancel the examination and conduct a re-examination on 30 March. 

 

Now, it has been revealed that the question paper was prepared by a Higher Secondary teacher from Kozhikode who also ran Malabar Educational Research Institute (MERIT), a private tuition centre. Police have started investigation against K S Vinod, the suspect in the question-paper leak, a Mathematics teacher of a school in Thiroor.  A former employee of MERIT told police that the office of the institute is stationed at the teacher's house. 

 

Meanwhile, former Education Minister PK Abdu Rabb wondered why the DYFI and SFI, the youth and students organizations of the CPM, were silent on the issue. “This is a serious issue and unprecedented in the history of the Kerala SSLC examinations. There was a serious lapse. Re-examination will cause unnecessary mental pressure on students,” he said.   "Education Minister should take moral responsibility of the mess," he said.