Kannur: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), that organized the NEET exam nationwide, termed the incident at Kannur school as 'unfortunate' and advised the principal to tender an unconditional apology to the victim.
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The board issued a statement after a huge row erupted when a girl student was forced to remove her innerwear ahead for appearing in NEET in Kannur.
"The incident reported at TISK English Medium School, Koovapram, Kannur (Kerala) is very unfortunate and apparently due to consequence of few overzealous female frisking staff of the school. CBSE has advised the school principal to tender and unconditional apology to the candidate. The agony and inconvenience caused to the candidate inadvertently is deeply regretted by CBSE,” the board said in a statement on Tuesday.
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The board further said it would 'sensitize' the frisking staff to obviate such incidents in future. It also said candidates were repeatedly instructed through website, printed instructions on admit cards about the steps to be taken before entering the exam centers in the high-value and high-stake examination.
Kannur teachers suspended
Four teachers were suspended on Tuesday for asking a student to remove her innerwear ahead of the NEET examination in Kannur.
Sheeja, Shafeena, Bindu and Shahina with the TISK English Medium School at Kunhimangalam, near Koovapram, and a neighboring school under the same management were suspended for a month.
Diktat on dressing
While the 18-year-old girl from Kannur alleged that she was asked to remove her inner wear before sitting for the entrance test, another candidate was asked to remove the metal buttons on her jeans.
Several boys wearing full sleeve shirts were told that only half-sleeve shirts were allowed in the examination hall. Left with no choice, the candidates had to "customize" their clothing as per the norms. Some others wearing shoes had to dump them for the sandals of their parents.
The Kerala Child Rights Commission sought a detailed report from CBSE within 10 days, even as the Kerala Human Rights Commission suo motu registered a case against the CBSE and demanded a high-level probe.
Reacting to the incident, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said 'forcibly implementing such regulations in the name of dress code cannot be accepted by any civilized society.'
(With inputs from PTI)