Hyderabad: Case filed on school for Telugu exam goof-up

J. Poojitha, a parent, said that 24 students are at risk of losing crucial marks for no fault of theirs.

Hyderabad: Tenth standard students writing a CBSE exam paper in Vignana Jyothy Public School in Yousufguda may have to pay dearly for an error committed by the school staff, who entered the wrong subject code.

As a result, students were given a Telugu question paper prepared for CBSE schools in Andhra Pradesh. Although some of the chapters are common, the Telugu syllabus in Telangana schools includes lessons about personalities and poets from Telangana, while the Telugu syllabus in AP schools deals with noted poets from that region.

The students were reluctant to write the exam, but after the administration promised them that the issue will be brought to the notice of the Central Board of Secondary Education, they attempted questions for 58 marks. No one would touch questions from the AP syllabus that was for 32 marks.

J. Poojitha, a parent, said that 24 students are at risk of losing crucial marks for no fault of theirs.

“The exam was held on March 15. After students and parents raised objections, the principal pacified us and said they will take up the matter with the CBSE. It’s more than two weeks now, but nothing has been done as yet.”

She said that on Monday, some parents called up the CBSE office and were stunned at the response. “They said that they have not got any letter about the faulty code!” Ms Poojitha said.

Furious parents then filed a police complaint against the school at the SR Nagar police station on Tuesday.

The school’s principal, Aruna Kumari, says the mistake was committed by the Telugu teacher who entered the wrong code.

“I sent a mail to the CBSE the same day and visited the CBSE Regional Office in Chennai a few days later to pursue the issue. There is no decision as yet,” she said.

A CBSE official in New Delhi stated that they usually don’t receive complaints about wrong error code. “We will have to see the letter sent by the school and examine it,” the official said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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