Kannur, May 11: After a 17-year-old student, appearing for the medical entrance exam NEET, was asked to remove her innerwear in Kannur, Kerala; the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) issued a statement regarding the incident and was remorseful about it. The CBSE had come under fire as media and parents of students who appeared for the entrance test accused them of insensitivity and trauma, reported news agency ANI. Also Read - Kerala Tourism News: CM Pinayari Vijayan Launches 26 New Projects - Here's All You Need to Know
The incident took place at the TISK English Medium School in Kerala. Issuing a statement regarding this incident, the board said that this “protocol of frisking” (search) was mandatory to hammer the cheating scandal at the All India pre-medical and Dental Test (AIPMT) of 2015. The CBSE blamed a few female staff of the exam centre for being over enthusiastic and regretted the inconvenience faced by the student. Also Read - Kerala's Eco-Friendly 'Neem G' Auto-Rickshaws to Hit Streets of Nepal, Runs at 50 Paise Per Km
The board clarified that students were apprised about the “frisking guidelines and dress code” way in advance. Also, the board said that amongst 6.42 lakh female candidates registered for NEET 2017 had no problems. Also Read - Kerala Paying Price For 'Gross Negligence' During Onam: Harsh Vardhan on Easing Covid Restrictions For Festivals
In 2015, the board had to reconduct the examination after cops reported the use of blue-tooth enabled devices hidden in the innerwear of the students. Also, in 2015 the “frisking guidelines and dress code” was issued by the CBSE in advance which was appreciated by the Supreme Court of India.
In 2016, such move again came from CBSE to avoid cheating by the use of technology. Also Read: CBSE to display OMR Sheets for NEET 2017 on cbseneet.nic.in, check official notification and updates on NEET 2017 Answer Keys here
Here is the full statement issued by the CBSE on the incident
Last Sunday, the female student was asked to remove her bra to curb the cheating measures. As there was no washroom, she removed it there itself and handed it over to her mother who was waiting outside. The steel buckled of the bra caused the detectors to beep. “It was a humiliating experience”, said the student. The 17-year-old also said that the incident perturbed her and she was unable to perform in the exam.
Following this incident, four teachers of the TISK school, who forced the girl to give birth this incident, were suspended.
Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, expressing regret over the incident, said: ” This is a violation of human right, should have never happened.”