Students and parents of a private matriculation school at Rameswaram on Friday protested against the management's decision which issued compulsory transfer certificates to a group of students of standard IX saying that they could score good marks in SSLC examinations if they joined in some State board schools.

They claimed that the management, which met the affected students who had completed standard IX examinations and their parents, informed them that they had failed in the examinations and scored poor marks. They informed them that they would issue mark sheets with high marks enabling them to get admission in other schools.

P. Arumkumar of Paththirakaliammam Street in Rameswaram said that the school authorities, who told him that he had obtained just 174 marks out of 700, gave a marksheet with a score of 491 marks. They told him that if he wanted to pursue the study in the same school he should again join in standard IX. If he wanted to study standard X he had to accept the transfer certificate to join some other school.

He said except for the first few weeks, they were taught standard X portions. They conducted examinations including quarterly, half yearly and annual based on standard X syllabus. But they issued mark sheet for standard IX.

D. Manibharathi of North Steet in Rameswaram, who was given a TC, said injustice had been done to them by failing to teach necessary portions. No school in Rameswaram was ready to admit them. If they changed the school, they would find it difficult to continue studies. Only a few students were retained by the school in order to score centum result in SSLC.

The parents urged the district administration and the matriculation and higher secondary school authorities to intervene and take steps to release the answer scripts and make the students to pursue standard X in the same school.

When contacted, the management said that a compromise had been achieved and all students would be readmitted in the school.

More In: Madurai