Staff Reporter

For conduct of SSLC examinations which begin on March 14

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Home Department will be actively involved in ensuring the sanctity of all procedures relating to the conduct of this year's Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations, which begin on March 14, Minister for Education M.A. Baby said here on Thursday.

He said at a press conference that the role of the Home Department would extend to ensuring that the secrecy of the question papers was not breached and that the question paper packets were properly handled in respective schools.

He said a meeting of top officials of the Home Department, including the Director-General of Police, and the Education Department would be convened soon to discuss the conduct of the examinations and ways to make all related procedures secure and fault-free. The Ministers of Home and Education would attend the meeting.

Mr. Baby said the invigilator and a student in each classroom would be made to sign a statement that the question paper packet for every subject was intact and undamaged when it was brought to the class.

Inquiry on

He said the Government did not intend to view lightly the leakage of two question papers of the SSLC model examination. A Home Department inquiry had begun on this matter. The guilty would face severe action.

Market values

"In fact, the Department of Education had written to all schools that they should treat the model examination with as much seriousness as they would treat the actual SSLC examination. At the same time, I would like to remind those who leaked the questions that what they did was not morally right; nor was it educationally beneficial. Children and their parents who try to find a short-cut to gain a few marks are not really gaining anything," he said.

Such trends were a clear indication of the intrusion of market values into the State's education system, he added.

Asked if such leaks could be avoided by giving out the question papers of the model examination to the students in advance, Mr. Baby said: "Those changes are certainly needed. If we can change the curriculum and introduce continuous evaluation, we can also change the way the examination is held. I dream of a situation when the teacher evaluates the student and the student evaluates the teacher."

Earlier, the Minister had held discussions with top officials of the Education Department, including Secretary, General Education, Tensing, and Director of Public Instruction M. Shivshankar.

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