Suspension of officials for paper leak termed eyewash

Staff Correspondent
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‘Book criminal cases against those responsible'

SEEKING PROBE:Members of the All-India Democratic Students' Organisation staging a protest in Bellary on Thursday.
SEEKING PROBE:Members of the All-India Democratic Students' Organisation staging a protest in Bellary on Thursday.

Describing the suspension of officials for their alleged involvement in the leak of second PU question papers as mere eyewash, Vinay Bidre, national secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), has urged the government to book criminal cases against the officials responsible.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Bidre said that Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri should be held responsible for the leak.

Taking exception to the reported remarks of spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar that government schools were becoming breeding ground for naxals, Mr. Bidre said such statements were baseless and illogical.

“I studied in a government school, and several renowned persons too have. None of us has become a naxalite,” he said. With regard to the delay in the implementation of the Right to Education Act in the State, Mr. Bidre, while supporting the introduction of the Act, said that the controversy over it would not have arisen if the government had taken stakeholders into confidence. According to him, the Act did not have strong provisions to punish private schools that fail to reserve 25 per cent seats for government school students. On the government's decision to make it mandatory for medical students to serve in rural areas for one year after completing the course, Mr. Bidre said that he opposed such a move.

“Today, medical education is very expensive. The government should bear about 20 per cent of the cost of education of meritorious students, which will make them morally bound to serve in villages,” he said.

Mr. Bidre also opposed the move to open private universities stating that it would further commercialise education.

AIDSO protests

Bellary Staff Correspondent reports:

Members of the district unit of the All-India Democratic Students' Organisation (AIDSO), while criticising the State government for its failure to prevent the leak of question papers, has demanded a thorough investigation into the matter, followed by stern action against the guilty. Led by Pramod, secretary of the State unit, the members on Thursday met the Deputy Commissioner and submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister.

Expressing concern over the leak of the second PU mathematics and physics question papers, the protesters said that such instances were recurring every year. They urged the Chief Minister to treat the leak of question papers as a criminal offence and initiate action to prevent its recurrence. 

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