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CBSE issues warning to students against fake news around Board Exams

CBSE issues warning to students against fake news around Board Exams

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a caution against rumours and false information regarding the upcoming Class 10 and 12 board exams. The board has indicated that extensive arrangements have been made to ensure the smooth and fair conduct of examinations.

CBSE has noticed reports of paper leaks and counterfeit sample paper links being spread by various individuals and sites.

The board exams for Classes 10 and 12 are set to begin on February 15, 2024. The Class 12 exams will be held from February 15 to April 2, while the Class 10 exams will take place from February 15 to March 13.

The board expressed concern about the spreading of misinformation on social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Telegram, stating that unscrupulous persons have been sharing false information concerning paper leaks and fake question papers, generating unnecessary alarm among students and parents. The CBSE statement said that people are spreading false links to sample papers and claiming that questions will be based on them. Furthermore, they are spreading fake images/videos of question papers and requesting payment for access to these papers, NDTV reported.

"These persons, groups, and agencies intend to fleece gullible students and parents as they demand money in return. Such irresponsible activities also create confusion and panic among students and the public," the board stated.

The CBSE emphasised its commitment to combating the spread of misleading information and rumours.

It is actively collaborating with law enforcement agencies to detect and prosecute persons responsible for spreading misinformation under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the IT Act. Additionally, CBSE warned that students who distribute incorrect material would face disciplinary punishment under the 'Unfair Means' regulations and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Parents are asked to caution their children against believing or participating in actions that disturb the smooth conduct of exams.

CBSE encouraged students and parents to be cautious and avoid engaging with unverified news and rumours spreading during the examination season.

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