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Error stops girl from taking test

Balurghat, Feb. 20: An error in filling up the form before appearing for the Madhyamik examinations prevented Pragyaparomita Barman from taking the tests this year.

The girl had turned up at RCD Girls’ High School this morning to appear for Bengali paper-I. When she was handed the question paper pertaining to the new syllabus introduced this year, a perplexed Pragyaparomita told the invigilators that she was supposed to take the test according to the old syllabus. Last year, the girl was not allowed to take the examinations from her former school in Jalpaiguri because she had failed to clear the selections.

Today, after Pragyaparomita claimed that she had been given the wrong set of questions, the invigilators gave her the question paper based on the old syllabus. The school authorities also informed the main examination centre at Balurghat High School about the change. However, after an hour, the girl was asked to stop writing as officially, her admit card said she was supposed to take the examination according to the new syllabus.

The girl’s father, Tapan Barman, who is one of the additional district magistrates of South Dinajpur, has threatened to take his daughter’s school, Beltalapark Taran Chandra High School, to court for the error.

The headmaster of the school where the girl studied, Manindranath Das, said they were not at fault. “There was no place in the form to specify the syllabus. We had contacted the board’s office in Siliguri and were told that there was no need to mention anything in the form. Instead, the students would be given the question paper of the syllabus of their choice at the centre,” he claimed.

However, when contacted over phone in Siliguri, the board’s regional officer, Debashis Dutta, refuted the claim. “There is a clear space in the form where the choice of syllabus is to be mentioned. In this case the main responsibility lies with the school and the student, too, should have scrutinised the form when she signed it,” Dutta said.

He added that if the school wrote to the board, it would see if she can be allowed to sit for the rest of the examination based on the old syllabus.

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