At least 40 officials of Karnataka pre-university board were suspended on Thursday after the chemistry question paper of the second year pre-university course (PUC) re-exam leaked earlier the day.
“I have suspended 40 officials of the PU examination division and ordered an inquiry into the leak of the chemistry question paper for the re-exam that was re-scheduled today (Thursday) but cancelled,” Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister Kimmane Ratnakar said.
The re-exam in chemistry is scheduled to be on April 12 across the state.
The cancellation and suspension came after massive protests by hundreds of angry students and worried parents at the board office in the city and in many districts across the state.
In the state legislature, opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) lawmakers sought Ratnakar’s resignation for the question paper leak just 10 days after a paper in the same subject (chemistry) got leaked and its exam held on March 21 was cancelled.