Their Hindi answer scripts were burnt at an evaluation centre in Shimoga

Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri has said the Karnataka State Secondary Education Examination Board will have to conduct a re-examination for about 2,500 students from Mysore district, whose Hindi answer scripts of the recently held SSLC examination were burnt in an accidental fire.

According to a statement issued from Mr. Kageri's office in Sirsi, the details of the students and the dates of the re-examination would be announced in two days.

The Hindi answer scripts of students appearing for the examination in 14 centres in Mysore district that had been kept in an evaluation centre in Shimoga were not found to be in a condition to be evaluated after a few bundles of answer scripts were burnt, the statement said. “A re-examination will have to be conducted for about 2,500 students,” the statement said.

Laxity blamed

Director of Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board Venkateshaiah, who conducted a spot inspection at Basaveshwara High School in the City on Friday, where answer scripts of SSLC exam were gutted, has said that laxity on part of the officials in-charge of the evaluation centre was responsible for the mishap.

Of the 4,468 answer scripts of Hindi paper, which belong to Mysore centre, 2,775 were damaged. A report would be submitted to the board in this regard. After assessing the nature of damage, a decision on conducting re-examination at the centres, the answer scripts of which were burnt, would be taken, he said.

Mr. Venkateshaiah who termed the incident as a clear case of dereliction of duty, said: “The mishap could have been averted with basic precautionary measures like deputing adequate security personnel to guard the building.” Preliminary investigation has revealed that a spark that emerged during welding work undertaken to renovate the building resulted in the fire. Such works should not be permitted at sensitive places where answer scripts of SSLC exam are kept. He clarified that the process of evaluating the remaining answer scripts, which are kept at the same building, would commence from April 18 as per schedule. Additional security has been provided for the building in wake of the mishap, he added.

  • Details of students and the dates will be announced in two days
  • Officials in-charge of evaluation centre blamed for the fire