Telangana exam row: Panel may fix the blame for ‘errors’ on software

G Naga Sridhar Hyderabad | Updated on April 25, 2019 Published on April 25, 2019

Congress workers staging a protest at the Collectorate in Rangareddy district demanding action against the officials and others responsible for the ‘errors’ in the intermediate results

Software glitches have probably led to ‘errors’ in the intermediate examination results announced by the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (BIE).

This was one of the findings of the investigating panel which is looking into the matter, according to reliable sources. The panel is also expected to submit a formal report to the government any time now.

It may be recalled that large-scale discrepancies were noticed in the results announced by the BIE on April 18, which triggered massive protests across the State by scores of students, who failed to get pass marks, and their parents.

Apparently, the committee has found out that the board ‘failed’ to act even after a test run of the software conducted last year had revealed many lapses and gave a warning signal about the brewing trouble. The processing of results was entrusted to Hyderabad-based Globarena.

The protests continued across the State on Thursday even as the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao directed the Board to re-verify the papers of about three lakh students who have been declared as ‘failed’, free of cost. However, some officials are not entirely sure of the outcome of the re-verification process to be conducted on the same software platform without rectification of the errors.

On Thursday, the BIE also stated that the revised dates for the supplementary exams will be announced soon.

Opposition’s demand

Meanwhile, leaders of opposition parties, including Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President Uttam Kumar Reddy called on Governor ESL Narasimhan and submitted a memorandum.

They demanded removal of Telangana Education Minister Jagadish Reddy, action on other officials who were responsible for bungling and ₹25-lakh ex gratia to the families of those students who committed suicide after the announcement of the results.

Published on April 25, 2019
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