The Madras High Court Bench here on Wednesday instructed the chairman of Teachers Recruitment Board, Vibhu Nayar, to consult the State government on the possibility of conducting a fresh examination for the selection of PG assistants in Tamil.

Justice S. Nagamuthu gave the direction after Mr. Nayar appeared before him and submitted a counter-affidavit admitting that 40 questions in the Tamil question paper, under booklet series B, distributed to the candidates at the competitive exam held on July 21 this year, had mistakes. Mr. Nayar also submitted that the TRB has decided to delete the 40 questions from valuation and evaluate only 110 questions. The paper had 150 questions in total.

However, Justice S. Nagamuthu pointed out that the TRB’s decision cannot be implemented in view of the laws laid down by the Supreme Court. “If the number of questions, that are found erroneous, was negligible the questions with errors could be deleted from the evaluation. Since one third of the questions are erroneous, this court, prima facie, is of the view that in the interest of the candidates and the students (of government schools), it would be better that a fresh examination is conducted,” the judge observed.

Justice Nagamuthu adjourned the case to September 24.

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