The recent leak of 10th and 12th grade CBSE board papers in Delhi was a matter of national disgrace, which not only resulted in chaos and a litany of charges against the two private teachers involved but also inconvenienced lakhs of students across the capital, who had to reschedule plans and retake the test! What’s to prevent similar such situations from arising across CBSE school in Bhubaneswar, next year?
While reports of the incident are being gone over in great detail to prevent any such future mishaps, maybe it is time to reassess the entire security of this nationwide undertaking by making use of the highly secure blockchain technology and its protocols. Here are 5 ways that blockchain technology could prevent board paper leaks for CBSE schools in Bhubaneswar.
A Single Channel
The current problem with CBSE board papers is the availability in various formats, the most troublesome of which is the hard copy format - i.e. printed papers. These are highly susceptible to being leaked. While the best schools in Odisha might be able to keep papers under lock and key, a leak from any other school in the area can cause a cause for concern - easily being shared on social media it was recently done through WhatsApp. Blockchain technology, on the other hand, would offer a single digital channel of access.
Even if papers were to be offered in a solely digital format, there is still the trouble of central storage. As of now, CBSE papers are stored on a central server then distributed through hard copies to various institutes. These central storage servers are vulnerable to hacking. Blockchain tech, on the other hand, works on a chain of distributed servers, making it virtually impossible to be hacked.
Human error played a huge role in the exam leaks, as two teachers were directly involved. Simply being one of the top 10 CBSE schools in Bhubaneswar does not exempt you from human greed. Blockchain tech, however, can restrict access to only those specified, removing the potential for leaks from staff.
Let us say that despite restricting access, temptation still makes a staff member leak the paper. Blockchain technology provides a completely transparent chain of ownership, allowing authorities to immediately pin down who was responsible for the leak and stop it from spreading before excessive damage is done.
If even despite all these security measures the paper was to be leaked, CBSE schools in Bhubaneswar could rest easy with the knowledge that despite having a copy of the paper, no unauthorized figure could open it! Encryption standards of blockchain technology are very impressive and could prevent a person without the decryption key from accessing the paper’s contents.
So what do you think? Do you believe that blockchain technology would be a good way to stop board papers from being leaked across CBSE schools in Bhubaneswar?