S. Sundar

Bungling in distribution of Plus Two question paper

ARUPPUKOTTAI: Thirteen Plus Two students of a higher secondary school here fear losing substantial marks in their Physics examination after the question papers were distributed to them 25 minutes after the scheduled time on March 8.

Few parents of the affected students have represented the issue to the Director of School Examination seeking some remedial measure.

The parents fear that the academic career of their wards could be ruined as they would lose few marks, which is crucial for getting admission in professional colleges.

The parents and students, who spoke to The Hindu on anonymity, said that the question papers were distributed to them at 10.25 a.m. instead of 10 a.m.

However, one of the officials in a standing squad had promised that students that they would be given 25 minutes of additional time to make up for the loss of time.

Additional promised

“We were not asked to panic. And with the promise of additional time, we wrote the answers on the same pace as we would do on any day. But shockingly, the answer scripts were collected at 1.20 p.m. with just five minutes of additional time. In effect we lost 20 minutes and many of us did not have time to answer at least two to three questions,” one of the students said.

Another student, who concurred with him, said he would lose at least 12 marks, which would be detrimental in his ambition to join medical course. “All of us were vexed, but could not do anything,” he said.

One of the parents said the problem arose after the officials wrongly mixed the Physics question papers with that of Economics while making arrangement for distribution. Out of the 20 students of that particular hall, 7 students who had Tamil as the medium of instruction got them at 10.05 a.m., while the remaining 13, all students of English medium stream.

CEO version

However, the Chief Educational Officer, S. Nagarajamurugan, said that the total delay was only for 15 minutes, which was duly compensated. The confusion in distribution of question papers arose because all the question papers were of same colour, a departure from the past, where it used to be of different colours. The CEO had conducted an enquiry on Thursday, he said.