Students feel nervous as the date of examination approaches and their results largely depend not just on the questions that they answer but also on the fact as to how confidently they give the examination. But what if something awful takes place which breaks their confidence just before entering the examination hall?
A similar situation was faced by the candidates of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) at TISK English Medium School at Kovvappuram which is near Kunhimangalam in Payyannur. These candidates were asked for taking out their top innerwear and changing the pair of jeans that they were wearing to follow the dress code set up by CBSE for the exam. The girls who were wearing dresses with metal hooks and buttons were asked to remove them, as taking any metallic item inside the hall was not allowed.
Renuka, whose daughter also appeared for the examination, said,
“It is shocking that my daughter had to undergo such an ordeal and remove her top innerwear to appear for the examination but there was no other option and she was forced to do so. I am a teacher and I know the psychology of the teenagers; this will definitely affect their confidence, and we are thinking of taking legal measures.”
A girl, who prepared for the exam for one year and took coaching in Thrissur, said,
“I am a 19-year-old girl and such incidents shatter us beyond imagination. I don’t know how I appeared for the examination.”
Rajesh Nambiar, one of the parents, was also furious because his daughter was compelled for changing the pair of jeans having pockets and metal buttons. As per him, a number of other girls had to deal with the same kind of situation; however, neither they nor their parents uttered any word. In his words,
“After the examination, I came to know that a Muslim family in the neighbourhood gave dress to at least six girls and some of them had to cut the sleeves of these dresses too as the rules did not permit full sleeve tops.”
What is your opinion with regard to it? Do you think that it was more important to follow the rule even if it harmed the dignity and confidence of the teenagers? Share your views in the comment section below.
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