Orissa Government is deliberately mismanaging High School Examinations to handover to the avaricious mafia the entire staewide gateway to higher education, alleges the Orissa State Council of All India Democratic Students’ Organisation.
The Board of Secondary Education has become a citadel of corruption in questionpaper setting, printing and leaking. From Crime Branch investigations to commissions of inquiry have acted eyewashes when the Board has remained incorrigible. Theft of questionpapers and manipulations in examination marks by Board officials to help children of powerful persons has remained its trademark, despite a minister in its charge, Bishnu Das, having quited cabinet on eviction a couple of years ago on exposure of this syndrome. The Board had executed all the despicable methods to help the son of the minister bag higher marks.
This year, theft of questionpapers was so deliberate and devastating and so widespread that the entire HSC Examination has been ruined, shrouding total uncerainty on the student community in pursuing higher education as this examination is the basic milestone one is bound to cross to proceed ahead.
Thousands of students have demonstrated today under the banner of AIDSO in front of the Orissa Assembly against this crime perpetrated on them by the State, that has deliberately stayed nonchallant on offenses of the Board. The state has pushed at least five lakh students to debacle by cancelling the examination after exposure of the theft and machanically shifting the exams to undecided future.
The AIDSO is emphatic in its suspicion that examination fund being of hundreds of lakhs of rupees, operators of private capital have been using the State Government to defame the examination system by repeated theft of questionpapers as the administration is busy in paving the way for the avaricious mafia to take over the Board, starting from examination management. This evil design must be thwarted, the organisattion has underlined in a statement issued after the demonstration.
It has demanded that the entire cost of examination shifted to the unscheduled future for no fault of the students community be borne by the government.
It has demanded stern penal action against the culprits including every person in control of the Board and its examinations.
It has demanded infrastructural development in Schools, specifically the High Schools to create strong academic environment that may diminish dependance of dull children of well-to-do persons on advance knowledge on questions and act a deterant to questionpaper theft.
It has demanded discarding of fee enhancement in the guise of improvement in exam system.
A delegate from the demonstration spot has handed over a charter of demands including these demands to the Minister of Mass Education and to the Chief Minister.
The organisation’s Sate unit President Akhsaya Das, Vice-Presidents Subas Nayak and Ganesh Tripathy and Secretary Shivashish Praharaj led the demonstration.