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Assistant Grade examination: question paper leak alleged

Staff Reporter

University of Kerala denies charges

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The written examination for appointment to the post of Assistant Grade-II in the University of Kerala was disrupted on Sunday at one centre, following allegations of question paper leak.

At the RKDNSS Higher Secondary School at Sasthamangalam in the city, groups of youth entered the examination halls and disrupted the conduct of the examination.

Candidates at several centres complained that the package containing the question papers had been tampered with. In the Government Higher Secondary School for Girls at Karamana in the city, the question booklets were brought to the examination halls in packets that had already been opened, the candidates alleged.

At some centres, the candidates were directed to separate the two parts of the bar-coded OMR answer sheet whereas in some others they were told to retain them as a single document. This, they further alleged, would help trace the answer booklet of a particular candidate, thereby destroying the nature of secrecy, despite the fact that false numbers were to be provided in each case. The invigilators said they could not do anything in this regard , some candidates said.

The university has, however, denied that question papers were leaked at any of the examination centres. It was not question papers that were issued to the candidates, but a sealed and stapled booklet that they were expected to open when the examination began. In all centres, this was the system that was followed and nowhere had the packaged been tampered with, the university authorities said.

Describing the disruption of examination at the Sasthamangalam centre as an organised conspiracy engineered by certain vested interests, the university has lodged a complaint with the Director General of Police. Though the examination was held at 106 centres, the proceedings were disrupted at this one school alone. It all started with just three of the 400 candidates present raising the allegation that the question booklets had been opened in the school office before the commencement of the examination. The candidates were later identified. One of them left the hall and conveyed some message over a mobile phone after which as many as 50 persons rushed into the school and disrupted the conduct of the examination, according to the complaint.

The presence of visual media personnel in the school during the incident substantiated the view that it was an orchestrated move to sabotage the test and to create problems, the complaint stated.

The university was considering a re-examination for the benefit of candidates who had turned up at the Sasthamangalam centre. It was the AIYF, youth wing of the CPI, which disrupted the conduct of the test, according to the admission by its district leaders. They did so after it was brought to their attention that the examination was being made a farce, according to a statement issued here this evening by the district committee of the organisation.

The Kerala University State Union has demanded stringent action against the guilty.

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