The website of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was down at around 12.30 pm Thursday. Attempts to reach the website returned a blank page with an error message reading, ‘This site can’t be reached’.
A few posts of micro-blogging site Twitter suggested people faced trouble opening the site on Wednesday also.
A massive scandal around leak of question papers hit the board on Wednesday. The board decided to re-conduct examinations for Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics subjects following the leak which affected over 28 lakh students.
Copies of the question papers had surfaced on social media. According to reports, the CBSE chairperson herself received a copy of the leaked Class 10 mathematics paper at her office on Tuesday evening.
According to Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, however, the leaks happened half-an-hour before the examinations.
Javadekar said he felt sorry for the students who had been caused the trouble due to the leak and assured that those guilty would be arrested soon.
“This incident is unfortunate. We are also parents. I understand what the students are going through. Hence, those responsible will not be spared,” he said.
The minister underlined that the leaks appeared to be a localised problem limited just to Delhi.
Many students came out in large numbers to protest against the leak at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Thursday.
Demanding justice, the students alleged that almost all the question papers were leaked. Some of them said that the Board should either conduct exams in all the subjects again or not conduct retests at all.
Police have reportedly formed a SIT team to probe the matter. CBSE has registered a case with the Crime Branch.