Finally, the education department has put an end to the agony faced by 144 students just ahead of the SSC examination. The officials have issued the hall-tickets to these students, who were studying in Ravindra Bharati Schools in Gannavaram and Kondapalli near here, on Sunday.

The students gathered in front of Collector's camp office here on Sunday to apprise him of the situation. They were visibly depressed and worried about their bleak future. “We are running from pillar to post just a day ahead of SSC examinations which are scheduled to begin from Monday. The government should take stern action against the school management for its negligence,” the students said in unison. The students said that they would lose one year if they were not allowed to appear for the examinations.

District Educational Officer M. Venkata Krishna Reddy said: “the problem cropped due to sheer negligence of the school management. Notwithstanding the negligence hall tickets were issued to all 144 students.” The Kondapalli school management had not paid the fee even on Friday.

Mylavaram MLA and TDP district president Devineni Umamaheswara Rao said: “The higher ups did not sanction permission to the school expecting more kickbacks from the management. Had the management fulfilled their wishes, the students would have got hall tickets without any hassles.”

Education department officials were indifferent to the issue, and the higher ups spoke in a reckless manner. Director of Government Examinations Manmadha Reddy reported told them to “go to hell” . The matter would be taken to the notice of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, the MLA said.

The parents paid huge amounts as fee with a hope that their children would get a certificate with a corporate school brand. Dashing all their hopes, the children were appearing for the examination as private candidates, he said, adding, “Who is responsible for this?”

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