Seven teachers were suspended on Monday, May 2, for allegedly indulging in malpractices in the ongoing annual Andhra Pradesh Secondary School Certificate Examination in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district, officials said.
District Education Officer of Krishna, Tahera Sultana said, six teachers from Pasumarru Zilla Parishad school and one from Kanumolu Zilla Parishad High School were suspended. “Education department officials received a complaint that an answer sheet had been sent to the examination centre. Officials along with the police immediately rushed to the school and found answers to test papers on the mobile phones of several teachers, said she.
Sultana had reached Pasumarru school where she inspected the examination centre. After inspection, she confirmed that the teachers have been found allegedly involved in wrongdoings in the SSC examinations after which the authorities decided to take action against them.
The SSC exams began on April 27 and there have been reports of several malpractices. Question papers on the subjects Telugu and Hindi were also leaked on the first two days in Kurnool and Chittoor districts.
The English paper was leaked eight minutes after the examination began Friday morning. The paper was allegedly posted on a WhatsApp group of a leader of a political party in Obuladevaracheruvu of Sri Sathya Sai district. As the word spread, the District Education Officer launched a probe.
Education Minister Botsa Satyanarayana had said on Friday that some people were trying to spread misinformation to malign the government. He said there was no paper leak in Nandyal district while an investigation was on into the alleged paper leak in Sri Sathya Sai district.
More than six lakh students are appearing in SSC exams at 3,776 exam centres. Following the incidents of the first three days, authorities stepped up vigilance at the exam centres.