Case registered against government teachers and a clerk

The private educational institutions’ avarice to secure cent per cent pass percentage in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations has allegedly led to their collusion with invigilators and chief superintendents deployed at various centres by resorting to malpractices to help students pass the examinations.

Ironically, the government teachers who were posted as invigilators at various examination centres, colluded with these private institutions by helping students in answering the objective (Part B) questions. Even the District Educational Department authorities during their inspection found that several invigilators were helping the students resort to malpractices.

In a fresh incident, the Jammikunta police busted a racket involving the invigilators helping private school students resort to malpractices in collusion with the private school management allegedly for “gifts and parties”. Jammikunta CI D. Bhumaiah told The Hindu on Wednesday that the invigilators had leaked the Part B (objective type) question paper with the help of the examination clerk and the water delivery boy, Abhilash, at the ZPHS Vavilala examination centre. Government teachers Bandi Prabhakar and A. Venkateshwarlu who are stationed outside the centre at a shop write the answers and make seven copies and send the same to the examination centre through the water delivery boy.

Based on credible information, the police constable deployed at the centre caught hold of the boy and recovered seven sheets of objective type answers which were meant to be distributed to seven invigilators in seven rooms in the centre. Noticing the arrest of the water delivery boy, the government teachers took to their heels.

The CI said that they had arrested the water delivery boy, Abhilash, 17, and registered a case under Section 8 of Andhra Pradesh Public Examination (Prevention of malpractices and unfair means) Act 1997. He said that they had registered a case against the government teachers and the clerk, Mallikarjun, and were probing the role of all invigilators posted at the examination centre.

When contacted, DEO K. Lingaiah said that they would get the FIR copy from the police station and take action accordingly and suspend the government teachers involved in the incident.

When informed about similar incidents in several examination centres in Karimnagar town, he said, “We can take action only if there is a specific case. We are deploying the sitting and flying squads to check malpractices.”