Category : Editorial
What prompted me to write this editorial are the newspaper reports on exam scams, which happen every year -sometimes its CBSE, sometimes AIIMS or some other exam, The fault lies with system which has many loopholes to be plugged. Magnitude compels the problem as there are too many students and too many exam centres (especially in CBSE PMT).
Advertisement luring the parents are becoming a common thing. Parents are either too gullible or too desperate for their child's career that they blindly fall into the trap. The kingpin runs away with the money and the students & parents ore left high & dry as they have lost both the money & childs career opportunity.
Modus operandi is simple during PMT times — a small advertisement is released in major dailies promising a PMT seat. Gullible parents call up & meet the 'middleman' who promises them a seat either by leaking out the question paper or telling the answer key on the permittinate doing of the exam.
Some with high level official contacts even go to the extent of tampering result/merit list. Some people even get a preferred exam centre (city) or even a preferred school where the invigilators work out the deal. It becomes a norm in PMT exams now-a-days that at least 1 -2 % (or may be more) seats go to these 'doctored' candidates. Solution lies in
(i) Students & parents being more vigilant.
(ii) Avoid getting in making deal & defeat these advertisement, givers.
(iii) Government increasing transparency in the exams.
(iv) Making exam 2 tier (exam followed by interview).
(v) Each exam body should have a vigilance department which keeps track on corrupt officials and the middleman.
Finally parents/students be aware of their rights & approach the courts for a stay order when the suspect bungling.
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