'Don't want my son to take another exam'

'Don't want my son to take another exam'

'Don't want my son to take another exam'

Second year PU students, who were set to write the re-examination for the leaked chemistry paper scheduled for Thursday, and their parents, have expressed their complete loss of confidence in the PU board over the conduct of a second re-examination.

Many disappointed students descended on the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) in Malleswaram to vent their ire over the cancellation of the re-exam owing to another leak.

“Why are they not capable of ensuring the security of the question papers? If another re-exam is conducted, what is the guarantee that it will not be leaked again? I no longer want my son to appear for another chemistry examination,” said an agitated Ritu Ponamma, a parent who was on the premises of the Pre-university Board along with her husband since 7.30 am on Thursday.

Abhilash, a student of Seshadripuram PU College, said: “I heard about the leak in the morning as I was preparing to go to my examination centre and I could not believe my ears. It is corrupt officials who are behind the leak and students are the ones suffering,” he said.

Around 50 police personnel were also deployed to the department to control a crowd of approximately 200 students, parents and student activists. Some from the crowd
threw stones at the department building resulting in minor damage to the glass facade.

When the police asked them to leave, one of the parents, Srinivas Gowda, said: “We will not leave till we get answers from the Pre-University department officials.”
Similar protests were held by the students across the state at various places in Mysuru, Hassan, Chamarajanagar, Tumakuru, Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts.
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Students fret over entrance exams
Besides the fact that they have to write the re-exam, students are most worried that their preparations for other competitive entrance examinations will be severely affected. Dinesh M, a student of KLE College, said: “April 3 is the offline JEE (Joint Entrance Examination), while April 9 is the online JEE. Then, we have the CET and the ComedK in May for which we now have less than a month to prepare,” he said.

“We are stuck with one exam when we have to write many others. I do not want to take this exam again and would rather prepare for my entrance exams,” said Anusha A, a student of Sree Chaitanya PU College.
A group of students at the protest site was also seen collecting signatures to be submitted to the PU department. Looking visibly tired, Tejas M, a student of Vijaya PU College who signed the petition, said: “I am fed up of taking another exam. How many times can I prepare for one exam and then find out we have to take it again?” As many as 15 students from various colleges had signed the petition by around 3 pm.

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