Seven teachers suspended; principal relieved of examination duty

District Collector Anshul Mishra and his squad of officers have unravelled ‘organised' copying in the SSLC public examination in a leading private matriculation school in Tiruvannamalai on Monday.

The Collector has ordered suspension of seven government school teachers who were on exam duty during that time.

The squad raided the Mount Saint Joseph Matriculation Higher Secondary School (known as Mount School) when the mathematics examination had just started.

Instead of frisking students, the team went to the school office and checked the hall supervisors, who were on duty.

Speaking to reporters after the raid, Mr.Mishra said, “We decided to conduct this surprise check following complaints of large-scale irregularities in the school. We checked the hall supervisors and the school office. We found seven supervisors possessing “bit” papers (with answers on them).

In one supervisor's pocket there was an envelope bearing an examinee's name and her registration number with money in it. At the school office, we found a photocopier printing the answer key. Office assistants were utilised to distribute the answer key to the halls.

The school administration admitted they had taken 20 copies of the answer key prepared by them.

Apart from the administration some teachers and persons in the Education department were said to be involved. A thorough enquiry by the Revenue authorities as well as the police has been ordered.

After getting the inquiry report, we will take action,” he said.

In the evening Mr. Mishra confirmed that the Chief Educational Officer (CEO) was given instructions to suspend and take departmental action against seven government school teachers found with bit papers.

“We'll also recommend to the government to take severe action against the school and not to have it as examination centre in the future. For the remaining papers in the ongoing Secondary School Leaving Certificate exam, the Chief Educational Officer has been asked to change the entire set of staff members manning the centre. The school principal has been relieved from exam duty,” the Collector added.

  • Bits of papers seized from hall supervisors

  • School was printing answer key and distributing it to students