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4 teachers suspended for NEET dress code excesses


Sorry, will not happen again, says CBSE

Thiruvanathapuram, May 10 (DHNS): Four teachers in Kerala were on Tuesday suspended for getting a National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test candidate to remove her inner wear before letting her enter the test hall on Sunday.

In Delhi, the Central Board of Secondary Education described the teachers as ‘overzealous’ and promised not to put candidates through such humiliation again.

TISK English Medium School suspended teachers Shafeena, Sheeja, Bindu and Shahina for a month. NEET is held across India to determine admissions to medical and dental colleges. Insensitive enforcement of dress regulations had triggered a furore on Sunday.

The CBSE directed the principal of the Kannur school to tender “an unconditional apology” to the girl who had to discard her bra after a metal hook set off an alarm.

Speaking in the Assembly, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the police would act against the excesses. Legislators from all parties condemned the incident in Kannur. Members of the CPM-affiliated Democratic Youth Federation of India took out a protest march to the school. On Monday, the Kerala State Human Rights Commission registered a suo motu case.

Case near Kochi

Police in Kuruppumpady near Kochi on Tuesday registered a case based on a complaint by Rajath, a candidate from Payyannur in Kannur. Invigilators had forced him to cut off his shirt’s long sleeve. NEET guidelines say candidates in full-sleeved shirts and T-shirts can’t take the test.

School’s defence

Jalaluddin, the principal of the school where the girl had to take off her bra before she could write the test, told DH she was only “informed” she wouldn’t be allowed in, and not told to remove her inner wear.
This medical seat aspirant wasn’t the only one facing insensitive invigilators.

Students wearing jeans were made to snip off pockets with metal buttons, and those in long-sleeved tops had to cut off their sleeves.

The CBSE acted swiftly to control the damage caused by dress regulation excesses, especially in Kerala.
“The incident reported at TISK English Medium School, Kovvapuram, Kannur, is very unfortunate and apparently due to... (a) few overzealous female frisking staff,” the CBSE said.

Comment on this article

  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Wed, May 10 2017

    This is what happens when a bunch of naive, illogical, mentally retarded and senseless inviglators / teachers are given the authority to take decisions.

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  • Rob Stan, Udupi / US

    Wed, May 10 2017

    Because of NEET, in future there won't be any agents selling graduate & especially PG seats for medical courses for lakhs & crores which would ultimately bring down the cost & improve the quality of medical treatment in India.

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  • Antonio DSilva, Kuwait

    Wed, May 10 2017

    Alas!

    I too had pinned some hopes in NEET being the first steps to weed out corruption in our medical education system.

    However with the latest salvo of accusations being fired by the Indian public and CBSE acceding to demands of the public and politicians and the so called human rights groups and thereby suspending 4 teachers and asking a principal to tender unconditional apology all hopes seem to have gone down the drain.

    And all this despite the dress code being so clearly detailed in the prospectus on their website.

    I hope and pray that at least after another 50 years our future generations will jointly feel the need to weed out corruption in our education system as well as other administrative areas.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Wed, May 10 2017

    In the dress code mentioned, it didn't say that one should come for the exams without bra!!

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  • Rob Stan, Udupi / US

    Thu, May 11 2017

    CBSE might not have thought that innerwear would also trigger alarm by metal detectors & the teachers were following the rules as it is. All this confusion since NEET is being administrated for the first time. I don't think teachers would be suspended for long and this is just to calm down the situation for the time being.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, May 10 2017

    Termination letter ...

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