Students, parents swarm education board office seeking justice in Telangana

April 24, 2019

Anxious students and parents continued to throng the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) office in Hyderabad on Tuesday, demanding justice for students declared failed in the recent exams.

In a related development, police took several members of different student and other organisations into preventive custody, when they tried to hold demonstrations near the office and ministers’ quarters over the issue.

In the meanwhile, the Telangana high court has ordered the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) to begin with the process of revaluation of answer sheets of all the failed candidates.

When the result of the intermediary exams were released on April 18, over three lakh students of the nine lakh who wrote the exam failed. Around 10 students across Telangana reportedly committed suicide, including the nephew of Telugu Desam Party Rajya Sabha MP C M Ramesh.

Since then students and parents have been agitating against the BIE alleging goof-up in paper evaluation. They have demanded a thorough re-verification of the papers of those who had failed.

The state government has already constituted a three-member committee to look into the allegations of irregularities in the declaration of the results. Education secretary B Janardhan Reddy said: “Parents and students need not get agitated over the results. They can go for recounting and re-verification. Around 9,000 applications have been received till Monday. Scanned copies of answer sheets are being handed over to students seeking re-verification. If any errors are detected during verification, it will be rectified and action will be taken against the responsible evaluators and scrutinisers.”

However, several parents and students again assembled near the BIE office on Tuesday complaining that they were unable to apply for re-verification of answer-sheets.

“We came here regarding revaluation. They say go for revaluation or recounting of answer-sheets online, but the website is not opening. Now, the officials have asked to close the gates of the office and the police are not allowing us inside. The government is not responding. We want justice,” worried parents told reporters.

Also, they demanded speeding up the revaluation process and setting up of a separate counter regarding revaluation.

“Our children are disappointed. When will this matter be resolved? The children have to study for other upcoming entrance examinations. They are suffering,” the parents said.

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