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Of chits and photocopies

THIS YEAR'S March examinations of the University of Kerala have yielded a rich harvest in terms of the number of students caught for examination malpractices. According to sources in the University, the number of students caught till date from colleges in Thiruvananthapuram district alone has crossed 50.

In the colleges inspected in the district so far, chits and small-sized photocopies of answers continue to be the preferred mode of copying.

One candidate writing her examination at the Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram, was caught in the act of throwing her purse out of the window. Another candidate in the same college, who roused the suspicion of a squad member by continuously holding her left palm closed, was found to have scribbled line after line of notes on her hand. Since the squad could not `seize' this bit of evidence, the candidate was made to erase whatever she had written.

The absence of lady teachers is also seriously hampering the work of the squad. Many a time the squad had to allow girl candidates suspected of hiding chits on their person to continue writing the examination as they had no way of carrying out a body search. At the Government Sanskrit College, a squad had to call in the police as they felt that some students were making threatening moves against squad members. Many squad members reportedly feel that security personnel in plain clothes should travel along with the squads.

There are also allegations that the University is very tight fisted in giving travel allowances to squad members. Many teachers who were part of last year's squads are yet to get their allowances, say sources in the University.

Revaluation fraud

In another examination-related incident, the University has investigated and confirmed that there was foul play in the revaluation carried out by the chief examiner of a camp where the Biochemistry papers of B.Tech. examinations written by candidates from an unaided college were being evaluated.

The camp was held last month.

The university's investigation into the matter found that a teacher from the college who was also the chief superintendent of the camp re-valued more than 70 per cent of the answer-sheets evaluated earlier by lecturers. In the process, not only did all such candidates get very high marks, but also 16 candidates who had earlier failed also passed.

The university has now stopped the results of this paper.

However the fact that this happened at a centralised valuation camp has called into question the efficacy of the system of checks and counter checks supposed to be in place at such camps.

By G. Mahadevan

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