Hyderabad: The controversy over the Intermediate results continued on Monday with several student organisations, parents and political leaders staging demonstrations in front of the Board of Intermediate office at Nampally demanding stern action against those responsible for the galore of mistakes.
While authorities sought to explain that certain fauxpas were committed and that they will be rectified, the demonstrators wanted stringent action against the responsible. The demonstrators also demanded that the board allow re-evaluation of the answer scripts free of cost. The police moved in and took into custody the demonstrators who included members of the ABVP, NSU, BJYM, SFI and Congress leaders. Several parents, who participated in the protests criticised authorities for bungling of the results which were leadiang to suicides among students. “Over ten students have ended their lives after the results were announced. Who is going to take responsibility for the errors in BIE results?,” they questioned.
The police have arrested ABVP and BJYM members who created a ruckus in front of BIE office in support of students. Student unions demanded immediate resignation of Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy and also stringent action against the Board Secretary. On the advise of the BIE that students could opt for re-evaluation of papers by paying Rs 600 and re-counting of marks with Rs 100, student unions demanded that the evaluation or recounting be done free of cost. The BJYM declared that demonstrations would be organised all over the state. The Students Federation of India (SFI) has requested Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao to respond on the ongoing controversy. The SFI maintained that the officials in a bid to release the results quickly had made blunders.
KTR’s assurance to students
Meanwhile, TRS working president KT Rama has asked students and parents not to worry over the inter results. He requested them to opt for reverificaiton and recounting of the papers, if they suspected errors were committed in evaluation or totalling. He said in a tweet that the government was taking measures to ensure that not a single person would suffer from any loss. He said a high level committee was already constituted to inquire into the issue.
Cong, BJP demand sacking of Education Minister
Opposition parties on Monday severely criticised the Board of Intermediate Education and Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy over suicides by several intermediate students over the past few days and the blunders in results declared by the Board.
Congress party demanded the immediate sacking of the Education Minister and also sought a judicial probe into how BIE handled the Intermediate exams and the subsequent release of error-filled results.
The Bharatiya Janata Party also demanded a judicial probe into the issue with its State unit president Dr K Laxman threatening to intensify the agitation seeking justice to the students. He also demanded to know from the government who will be accountable for the suicides by Intermediate students who have taken their lives so far.
In an open letter to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy and CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka said held the Educaiton minister directly responsible for the deaths of the students and that he was responsible for the agony faced by families who lost their children because of the suicides. They also demanded to know why the Chief Minister was not responding to the issue.
AICC spokesperson and senior party leader Dasoju Sravan, addressing a press meet in New Delhi, demanded a high-level judicial probe and said several irregularities were being sought to be papered over with regard to conduct of Intermediate exams and announcements of results.
Meanwhile, Laxman, addressing reporters on Monday said the errors included incorrect marks being entered on the mark sheets as well as marking sudents absent despite them writing the exams
“It is unfortunate that education department and Intermediate Board are denying irregularities in the result declaration as well as mistakes in evaluations”, he said.
The three-member committee, he said, was a mere eyewash and nothing will come out its investigations.
Revanth Reddy held
The Begum Bazaar police had taken into custody Congress leaders and workers who were staging a protest at the Board of Intermediate Education. The police picked up Revanth Reddy, TPCC working president, Youth leader Anil Kumar Yadav and others and shifted them to the Begum Bazaar police station. Uttam Kumar Reddy, Telangana TPCC president, visited the leaders at the police station. He condemned the detention of the Congress leaders who were protesting against the irregularities in the Intermediate answer scripts evaluation.