Protests erupted in Bengaluru following the Karnataka Department of Pre-University Education’s (DPUE) decision to cancel the chemistry re-examination for the second time, after the paper was leaked again. The first examination was scheduled for 21 March was postponed after the board was alerted of a leak.

Worried students and anxious parents pelted stones at the building in revolt, reported The News Minute

Speaking to reporters, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah “We don’t know how this happened. The last leak is being investigated and we will investigate this one too.”

Agitated students and parents are now strongly opposing the idea of students preparing to appear for the exam a third time. Most of the concerns were related to the re-scheduling of the exam hindering their children’s preparations for national level examinations.

Screenshot of the massive protests that broke out in Bengaluru. IBN Live

Screenshot of the massive protests that broke out in Bengaluru. IBN Live

One of the parents present at the protest told CNN IBN, “What is the significance of PU exams? Why is there so much hype around a leaked paper? How much will a student prepare in extra two hours?”

The exam was scheduled for 31 March, for the second time in 10 days and news of the second leak came in at 3.30 am.

The investigation into the leaks has been handed over to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) due to the mounting pressure from students and parents, reported Zee News 

Speaking to Times Now, Union Minister Ananat Kumar said “The state government has falied the exams twice already.”


Bengaluru chemistry question paper leak: Class XII students, parents protest; investigation handed over to CID