Haveri (Karnataka): Despite the instruction from Karnataka Education Minister S Suresh Kumar to the private and aided schools to not deny hall tickets to SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) candidates under any circumstances, a private school here did so in a brazen defiance to 30-odd students on Tuesday.
The students, whose hall tickets were denied for Class X exams, staged protests along with their parents before the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Haveri. They protested by writing a mock exam sitting on the road in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
According to the parents, private-aided Mahatma Gandhi High School at Chikkerur in Hirekerur taluk has refused hall tickets to few students as they were “not bright”. They alleged that it was done to ensure the school’s good results.
Going by the allegation, even students getting over 70 per cent in earlier exams were not given hall tickets. Some were denied even after paying examination fees, the students were quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
The Students’ Federation of India (SFI), who supported the students, demanded action against the school principal and the Block Education Officer (BEO) for the fiasco.
The authorities of the Education Department, however, said that students who didn’t pay the fees or had attendance shortages were denied hall tickets.
The education department’s version was trashed by the parents. They sought action from the government against the school management for destroying the students’ future.
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