Unlike in the past, this year, the School Education Department has not yet received any information on schools forcing academically weak students to appear for the public examination as private candidates. Competition among most of the private self-financing schools being fierce, the managements are prone to arm-twisting parents of academically weak students to appear as private candidates.
Stakes are so high for private schools, which go all out to secure cent per cent pass in the public examination. These schools usually conduct special classes both in the morning and evening hours for SSLC and Plus two students. But some of the overzealous institutions were, in the past, found to have indulged in unethical means to secure cent per cent results.
According to Education Department officials, headmasters were thoroughly instructed to desist from such acts with a warning that the examination centre status would otherwise be cancelled. The School Education Department has also been assuring parents that the information they provide on regular students taking the exam as private candidates will be kept confidential.
“No parent has complained so far against any private school,” Chief Educational Officer K. Selvakumar said, adding none of the hundreds of candidates who had applied to write the public exam was in the regular rolls of any school. February 2 would be the last date for private candidates to apply.