KARNATAKA

SSLC students caught copying may lose three years

Staff Reporter

225 students debarred this year for malpractice Re-examination held in some centres following mass copying

BANGALORE: Primary and Secondary Education Minister Basavaraj Horatti on Monday said that the SSLC students found copying in the examinations would be debarred for three years as a deterrent against such serious malpractice and to protect the sanctity of the examinations.

Mr. Horatti told presspersons that the Department of Public Instruction used to debar such students from taking up examination once or twice, but he had decided to increase the term to three years.

The Minister said that 52 SSLC students, whose 222 answer scripts in different subjects in the bundles kept under custody of the evaluation centres at Padarayanapura in Bangalore South taluk were replaced, had been debarred for six years.

The Minister said that 225 SSLC students had been debarred for copying in the March 2007 examinations in the State. The number of such students was 595 in 2005 and 293 in 2006, which indicated a fall in such cases because of various measures.

A total of 64 teachers, including 30 from the aided institutions, had been kept under suspension for malpractice in the last three years.

The copying in some centres was so rampant that in Surpur of Gulbarga district, the examination centre used to be mobbed by unauthorised persons to help candidates and the police could do very little in controlling them. Re-examination for second language was held on Sunday at the Government Pre-university College, Choranur, at Sandur in Bellary district and for social sciences at Sri Nunkemale Siddeswara Rural High School, Hanagal in Molakalmuru taluk of Chitradurga district.

The re-examination for science would be held on April 6 at Government Boys Pre-university College, Surpur. Mass copying was detected at these three centres.

In the answer script replacement case, three headmasters had been arrested and were in judicial custody. He said that criminal cases would be taken up against these teachers and six others, who supplied duplicate answer scripts to the 52 students.

Suspecting a big network behind the offence, the Minister said that he wanted to streamline the system and would announce a programme later.

Mr. Horatti said that 41 papers had been replaced in Kannada (first language), 43 in English (second language), 46 in Hindi (third language), 47 in Mathematics and 45 in Science.

The schools that supplied them had been identified as Corporation High School, Subhash Memorial English High School, Kinto English Medium High School, Jawahar English Medium High School, K.K. High School and B.E.T. Sophia High School.

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