Patna, May 14: Invigilators at an examination centre in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur cut off sleeves of women candidates appearing in a competitive examination in full public view thus landing in a controversy. The invigilators were seen cutting off the sleeves of these women candidates who were wearing full sleeves clothes. Although this was done to ensure that no unfair means were used during the examination, the move was criticized by the candidates as well as their parents.
Reportedly, District Education Officer Lalan Prasad Singh said that women candidates, who were appearing for the Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board (BCECEB), had already been asked to not wear full-sleeved dresses, but several students failed to follow this rule. As per DNA reports, Singh also said that the problem lay in the manner the move was executed, that is, in full public view. He added that the move undertaken by the examiners wasn’t questionable as only female staff were involved.
As per another report, not only the students not allowed to wear full sleeves clothes but were also asked to remove shoes. Male candidates wearing full-shirts or T-shirts were asked to open it before writing the exam. As a result, several students wrote their exam in vests and barefoot.
Meanwhile, it is being reported that candidates protested against this move and said that they had no prior information regarding the same. Since there was quite an outrage over the move, the education department, after conducting and inquiry, has debarred and blacklisted the school from undertaking any competitive exam in the near future. Reportedly, the exam superintendent has also been debarred for life, said the District Education Officer Lalan Prasad Singh.