Protest over Telangana intermediate board fiasco

Protest near Intermediate board

Hundreds of students staged a protest at the Telangana Board of Intermediate Education (TBIE) for a second consecutive day on Tuesday over the goof-ups in intermediate examination results leading to a tensed situation.

Several students of various groups were arrested as they tried to stage sit-in in front of TBIE office in Nampally in the heart of the city, demanding justice to students who appeared in 11th and 12th standard examinations.

Professor K. Nageshwar Rao, a former legislator who reached the TBIE office to express his support to the students, was also arrested. He demanded immediate action against those responsible for lapses in the results.

Policemen in a huge number were deployed at the office, which remained out of bounds for students seeking redressal of their grievances. They remained clueless on applying for re-valuation of the answer sheets as they were not allowed to enter the board office. Students complained that they could not even apply online as the board’s website was not functioning.

Balala Hakkula Sangham, an NGO working for children’s rights, approached Telangana High Court on Tuesday, seeking direction to the government to order re-valuation of all answer sheets. It also sought a deep enquiry into the lapses and compensation to the families of the students who ended their lives.

A total of 9 lakh students had appeared in the intermediate exams and the results, announced last Thursday, led to utter chaos. Several ranked students who did well in the first year failed in the second year. Most of them were shocked as they were awarded zero, one or two marks.

TBIE Secretary A. Ashok had admitted that there were some lapses in declaring the results. He, however, assured students that the discrepancies would be rectified.

The Telangana government on Monday ordered an inquiry into the alleged lapses in the system deployed by Globarena Technologies, whose services were hired by TBIE to conduct the exams.

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