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Orissa: Stopped from cheating, students lock up principal

After the principal was freed, a discussion was held with the students, who agreed to appear for the next day’s exam.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | March 22, 2015 2:10:39 am

A day before parents and guardians of students at a Bihar school took cheating to literally new heights, students of an Orissa college locked up their principal after he refused to allow them to cheat in an examination.

On March 17, 72 examinees at Jajpur’s Vyasanagar Autonomous College boycotted the compulsory English paper after failing, a day earlier, to persuade the principal, Soumyasourabh Das, to allow them to cheat. Instead, they protested outside the principal’s office and confined him inside till police arrived.

In his complaint to the Controller of Examinations of the State Council for Higher Secondary Education, Das has alleged that for more than a week before the exam, students had been demanding that he allow them to “adopt unfair means”. Teachers and college staff backed and instigated the students, the principal has alleged.

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After he told the students and their guardians that the examination would be conducted in accordance with rules and guidelines issued by CHSE, “they locked my chamber from outside till I was rescued by local police and tehsildar,” Das said.

After the principal was freed, a discussion was held with the students, who agreed to appear for the next day’s exam, which was MIL (Oriya). Sixty-four examinees showed up, and were asked to sit in two different rooms. But some did not write their roll numbers, registration numbers and other necessary details in the answersheets, the principal has said.

They allegedly resorted to mass copying, and when told to stop, abused the invigilators. After about an hour and a half, some students allegedly ran away with answersheets.

“The students then gathered in front of the main gate and raised slogans insisting that they be permitted to adopt unfair means in the remaining part of the exam,” the principal wrote in his complaint.

CHSE chairman Basudev Chhatoi said an inquiry had been ordered to fix responsibility on the staff who might have abetted the students. “Action will surely be taken against them. Luckily we could manage the situation by using the police. No one will be allowed to cheat,” he said.

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