1-minute rule, lack of buses nightmare for Intermediate students; boy ends life; many turned away

Disallowing of students to enter Intermediate examination centre if delayed by one minute led to suicide of a boy in Adilabad


HYDERABAD: The ongoing Intermediate Public Examinations are turning out to be nightmarish for the students taking the exams what with the rule of disallowing them to step into the hall.

Tekam Sivakumar, a student of Mangurla village of Jainath mandal in Adilabad district was not allowed into the exam centre as he was delayed by one minute on Thursday Unable to digest the fact that he could not appear for the examination jumped into Sathnala project and died by suicide. The locals and police searched for the body and retrieved it on Friday morning.

In another incident, students began getting tensed up on Friday as they could not get a bus to go to the examination centre for want of buses. A group of students said that they reached the bus station at 7.20 am and they did not get a bus and it’s already 8.20 am. The students would have to go to Mittapally in Siddipet district. They expressed their agony that they would not be allowed if they were delayed by one minute. And, even after waiting for an hour, they did not get a bus. The examination commences at 9 am sharp.

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On February 28, a few students fell down from the bus at Medchal check-post when they were travelling on footboard as the bus they were travelling in an overcrowded.

A girl student, belonging to Thimmapur village of Dharmapuri mandal in Jagtial district, appearing for the Intermediate public examination was in tears as she was not allowed to step into the examination hall on Wednesday. While the examination commenced at 9 am, she reached the centre at 9.09 am.

As many as 9,80,978 students – 4,78,718 students of first year and 5,02,260 students of second year – are attending the examinations which commenced on February 28 for first year and 29 for second year. There are 1,521 centres in the 33 districts of Telangana.

The rule of disallowing students even by one minute appears to be a curse. This doesn’t seem to be logical, as it’s the student would lose the time span for writing the examination. This surely is a rule that deprives students from demonstrating their talent.

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