46 officials suspended for helping students cheat
The state government has suspended 46 officials, including lecturers and teachers, accused of indulging in the unfair conduct of school examinations last year.
The education officials have been found guilty of "abetting in use of unfair means and violating the sanctity of the examinations" by the Unfair Means Committee of the Board of School Education (BOSE).
"The lecturers, masters, teachers and non-teaching staff found guilty of the use of unfair means of the examinations are hereby placed under suspension with immediate effect," reads an official order by the Education Department.
The officials were assigned duties as superintendents, deputy superintends and assistant superintendents in various examinations conducted by the BOSE during the 2016-17 session. Officials said they had been receiving a majority of the complaints of rampant copying and unfair means from Government Higher Secondary School, Kreeri, Baramulla. "We sent our team and found superintendent Basharat Hafeez and his assistant Nissar Bukhari helping students in copying from the textbooks. Both the officials have been suspended," said an official. Following the complaints against them, the officials were given an opportunity of hearing to explain their position. "Their cases were referred to the sub-committee on unfair means of the BOSE, which found them guilty," the order said.