Hall-ticket horror adds to Class 10 Board exam fever

Sources say schools across the state have denied board exam hall tickets to thousands of students as they have not paid fees or due to other issues

After a 16-year-old from Korategere attempted suicide on Thursday night, her parents said she took this step as she was frustrated by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education’s suggestion that she write Class 10 exam in August. The girl, Reshma, who was denied a hall ticket by her school, had approached the Ministry for succour.

As soon as news reached minister for education S Suresh Kumar

, he rushed to her home in Tumakuru on Saturday to console her. He is said to have promised her that she will be given a chance to appear for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) Board examinations within the end of August.

Reshma’s is not an isolated case. “Approximately 18,000 students have not received their hall tickets in the state because schools denied it. It seems like private schools were waiting for this opportunity when they have the hall tickets in their hands and they could armtwist the parents to pay,” said a parent.

Bangalore Mirror spoke to Reshma’s father Narasimha Naik. “On Thursday night, my daughter who is a bright kid attempted to hang herself in anger as she was denied the chance to take Class 10 exam starting from July 19 (Monday). This worried us a lot. After all, her examination fee is Rs. 22, which I did not pay and for that the school did this to her, ” he said.

Though Suresh Kumar rushed to her house, she will now have to write the exam in August when the supplementary exams will be conducted. “I have briefed the media about this situation that the child will be given a chance to write exams in August as a fresh candidate. Another two cases have come up, where schools did not upload the photo and the department couldn’t generate hall tickets,” he said.

Minister Suresh Kumar meets Reshma at her home in Tumakuru

The department, however, clarified that Reshma was not registered for Class 10 because she hadn’t paid the fees and her hall ticket was not generated. Reacting to this, Naik said, “I didn’t even ask for any discount in the fee, I asked them to give me some time to pay it. She was not allowed to come to the hostel or attend classes. But, my girl studied on her own and she is confident she can write the exam. My elder daughter was a Rank 12 student in Class 10 exam and even my younger one is a bright student, but unfortunately, she has been denied her right to write the exam.”

Naik said his daughter was taking it in a positive manner as the minister has assured them that she be taken as a fresh candidate and she be given a chance to join First PU this year.

An official told Bangalore Mirror, they cannot be sure how many kids have not got hall tickets. “There has been a 100 per cent download of the hall tickets from the school headmasters across the State, but how many children got it from the schools is not a data we have. However, we had informed all the students through newspaper ads and through circulars that if any student has a problem, they should approach the Block Education Officer (BEO) and he or she will resolve it. We have received 13 cases like this, and all are resolved,” said an official.

However, these are only reported 13 cases and sources from the schools say there are close to 18,000 students who have been denied hall tickets because their parents could not pay the fee or had some issues with the school management. The Karnataka Child Rights Commission has taken this matter up and issued a notice to the Commissioner of Public Instructions.

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