'ICSE finds identical answers in XII Maths exam'

KARUR: Following allegations of irregularities in conducting the Plus Two public examination, the ICSE Board, New Delhi, has instructed Little Angels’ English HSS, the only school affiliated t

Published: 18th May 2012 03:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:26 PM   |  A+A-

KARUR: Following allegations of irregularities in conducting the Plus Two public examination, the ICSE Board, New Delhi, has instructed Little Angels’ English HSS, the only school affiliated to the Board in the district, to conduct re-examination for Mathematics paper for all students. The school authorities, however, denied the charges and claimed that re-examination was a routine practice in schools affiliated to the Board.

The ICSE Board examinations for Plus Two students commenced in February 29 and the first batch of 24 students from Little Angels’ appeared for the exam. Among them 18, wrote the mathematics paper on March 17.

A couple of days ago, the ICSE Board instructed the school authorities to conduct the mathematics exam again for all students stating that the answers in all the answer sheets were found to be identical. The Board also informed that the results for the school has been put on hold until the re-examination was conducted.

The school has been conducting special classes for students who were supposed to write the mathematics paper again.

Denying the charges of the Board, principal K Paddma Priya said that conducting re-examination was a routine practice for any school under the ICSE board. “On Monday, I received a call from the Board stating that we have to go in for re-examination for the mathematics paper as there were some ‘discrepancies’ in the papers and I said ‘yes’ as we are not entitled to ask for the reasons,” she said.

However, the principal said that she would ask for the reason when the Council of the Board met after the results were out.

Paddma Priya said that she had no role in it as the school administration would only facilitate the examination and the officials referred by the board would conduct the exam for 80 marks.

The remaining 20 marks were awarded through internals, she said.

Meanwhile, a section of the parents, dejected over the re-examination, were anxious because a delay in results would jeopardise the prospects of admission to good colleges for their children. The Tamil Nadu state board results would be declared on May 22 and the admission process would commence thereafter. “How can my son study again and concentrate on a subject for which exam is already over. Moreover, it would be an additional burden for our children and the parents,” said another parent, on condition of anonymity.

“This is a routine practice for schools affiliated to the ICSE Board and only one or two parents seemed to be agitating. There is no point in it as the special quota for the ICSE students will be kept vacant till their results are out,” the principal clarified.

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