This past week twenty students committed suicide in India after the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) announced their exam scores, which Khaleejtimes report have been marked in controversy after there were discrepancies in the results.
Around 1 million students sat the exams between February and March, and around 350,000 failed, causing widespread protests from the student’s parents, groups and political parties.
One student named Sirisha – who was failing biology – set herself on fire at her home in the Narayanpet district on Saturday after her parents went out to the fields, according to a report by Khaleejtimes.
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday ordered the recounting and re-verification for all the students who failed their exams,
He also urged students to not commit suicide, adding that failing the tests didn’t mean the end of their lives.
According to reports, the discrepancies in the results happened due to errors by the software solutions firm, Globarena Technologies Private Limited, which had been hired by Telagana BIE to develop software for processing admissions, pre-examination, and post-examination results.
12 BIE centers are currently in the process of evaluating the answer sheets of the failed students, says Khaleetimes, with each one handling between 70,000 to 120,000.
Reddy told Khaleejtimes they are still receiving applications and more than 50,000 students who passed also applied for re-verification because they weren’t satisfied with their results.
The BIE says they have the manpower to handle all the new tests, and they would release a daily bulletin on the status of those needing re-verification.
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