Sunday, 3 May 2015
NSS Alleges Conspiracy Behind Mass Failure in SET Exams - Kottyam
Nair Service Society (NSS) has alleged conspiracy behind the quandary in the conduct of State Eligibility Test (SET), which is the qualifying examination for becoming Higher Secondary School teacher (HSST), in the state.
NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair, on Monday, raised suspicion over the mass failure of candidates in the general category and ensuing government decision to slash the cut off mark by 2 per cent exclusively for this category.
Citing the SET results, secured through Right to Information (RTI) Act, Sukumaran Nair said that only 5.64 per cent aspirants in general category could pass the exam, while passout percentage in Other Backward Classes (OBC) and SC/ST categories were 21.49 pc and 31.50 pc respectively.
“The Government had slashed total pass marks to 45 pc for OBCs and 40 pc to SC/ST and visually handicapped and physically handicapped (VH/PH) candidates, while retaining the same as 50 pc for the general category in the year 2014-15. Moreover, the minimum marks for individual papers were increased from 35 pc to 40 pc for general category alone. This unscientific revision of the system has resulted in the mass failure of general category candidates,” he said.
He also criticized the government move to slash the percentage of total marks from 50 pc to 48 pc for general candidates for the year 2015-16. “Though, the fresh decision could be considered as a repentance, it would not change the situation as the government has not revised the minimum pass marks for individual papers,” he said.
Sukumaran Nair also expressed doubt in the intention of certain quarters in the decision to revise the total pass marks from 50 pc to various levels on the basis of cast and class. “It could be viewed as part of a political and communal vendetta. We are not against the measures to empower SC/STs and OBCs. However, at the same time government should end the discrimination against other sections and it should be taken care off seriously as the it is the duty of a government to ensure equal justice across the society,” he said.
Source: The New Indian Express, 28th April 2015