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Teacher Suspended for Giving Zero to Student Who Scored 99 Marks

Students and student unions fighting for justice

Telangana Board of Intermediate, which is at the center of a row over goof-up in declaring results of Intermediate examination, suspended a teacher and imposed fine on another for giving a student ‘0’ marks instead of ’99’.

The court, while hearing an appeal filed by a Non-Government Organization, gave time to the Telangana State board to reveal how much time it would take to complete the revaluation, according to HT.

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The NGO has also asked for a thorough probe into the lapses & compensation to the families of the candidates who ended their lives.

Around nine lakh students had appeared in the inter exams held in the month of February and March. The results that were announced last week, led to utter chaos as many intelligent students who did well in the 1st year failed in the 2nd year. Many of them were shocked as they got ‘zero’, ‘one’ or ‘two’ marks in the exams.

A day after the three-member committee submitted its report to the government, Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) began action against those found guilty of dereliction of duty.

Teacher punished

BIE announced that it has imposed a fine of Rs. 5,000 against Uma Devi, a teacher of a private school who evaluated Telugu paper of Navya, a 12th standard student but instead of giving ’99’ marks gave her ‘0’ marks. Uma Devi has also been sacked by her school management.

BIE also suspended Vijay Kumar, a teacher of a tribal welfare school, who had served as scrutinizer but failed to notice the blunder.

The goof-up by the Board has triggered a spate of suicide by students and protests by parents, student bodies and opposition parties. They are demanding action against the higher-ups in the Board and the Globarena Technologies, an IT company, which was allegedly found guilty of the massive bungling.

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