Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala 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.

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.

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.