HSC exams to go on despite shortage of invigilators at several centres

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Thiruvananthapuram: The second paper of the Higher Secondary Course (HSC) examinations will be conducted on Tuesday even as the difficulties due to the unavailability of adequate number of invigilators are felt at many centres across Kerala.

As reported earlier the problem arose after many schools failed to depute adequate teachers for the invigilation duty. This was revealed from the list provided by the respective Regional Deputy Directors (RDD) offices.

The authorities failed to address the shortage till late on Monday as they attempt to rope in Lower Primary (LP) teachers too for the exam duty besides those from upper-primary and high-school sections.

The Kerala Board Of Public Examination, has also directed to cancel the leaves of teachers if the same is not an emergency and taken without obtaining prior sanction so that they can be deployed for the invigilation duty.

The exams of Plus-One (Class 11) and Plus-Two (Class 12) classes are now on. They are conducted by the Directorate of Higher Secondary Education.

Today’s examination papers include Mathematics, language subjects (part 3), Sanskrit, and psychology for Plus One, and Chemistry, History & Culture, Islamic History & Culture, Business Studies, and Communicative English for Plus Two students.

Compared to the first paper held on March 10, more students appear for the papers today. Hence, more invigilators are needed for their smooth conduct.

The authorities, though, have deployed adequate invigilators for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate examinations in advance. They have even rolled out a list of teachers who could be deployed as substitute invigilators in emergency situations.

But in the case of the HSE, the examination timetable was published months ago and the registration process was completed well in time. But, the schools (with exam centers) were provided the list of invigilators only a few days back and the uncertainty loomed large even on the eve of the examinations.

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