Eyeing promotion, 55-year-old Karnataka cop writes Class 10 exams

Bengaluru, Jul 3 (IANS): A 55-year-old Karnataka police constable is writing the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) board exam at Kolar to get promotion before his retirement in 2025.

"Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) constable K R Manjunath is appearing for the SSLC board exams as an external candidate at the Government Girls' Junior College at Kolar, which is an enrollment centre," district nodal officer Nagendra Prasad told IANS on phone.

Kolar is about 100km east of Bengaluru in the southern state.

The SSLC board exams are being held across the state since June 25 as per the lockdown guidelines, which makes wearing a mask, washing hands with sanitiser and maintaining social distancing mandatory.

Manjunath appeared for the sixth and the last exam in the third language on Friday after completing papers in 5 subjects so far.

"Manjunath is attempting to pass in all 6 subjects for the second time, as he failed in 2 subjects in the first attempt 4 years ago. He will get promotion and become head constable if he passes this time," said Prasad.

Though Manjunath studied up to Class 7 in the town over 4 decades ago, he secured a job in the state police department in D group and was promoted as a constable over a decade ago on the service record.

"As Manjunath wants to retire as head constable, he has to pass the class 10 exam, which is a minimum for the promotion. He is confident of passing in all subjects this time as he claims to have done well," said Prasad.

The constable has opted to write the exam in his home town (Kolar) though he is posted in Bengaluru.

"On learning that a senior policeman was writing the class 10 board exam, state education minister S Suresh Kumar enquired about him during his official visit to Kolar on June 29," Prasad recalled.




Comment on this article

  • Jayaraj, Abu Dhabi

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    This is why india is lagging against other developed countries. It's just COMMON SENSE. He has worked as a constable for so many years and they cannot promote him based on his experience. For every promotion do you really require merit/higher qualification. Government offices really need to change. In today's world hand in experience is more worth than higher grades/qualification

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    I totally agree with you !! In gulf countries a peon or OFFICE boy more powerful than a CEO !! Nepalese can secure a job as a decision making where there is no quality education in that country but still they are powerful in GULF !! people think in different prospective ! such as COST !!

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Jayaraj Abudhabi,times have changed in every branch and everywhere.Previously their experience and ability was counted and promoted.Today one has to present his education level.One side it is also not bad.They themself profit from it.Can read and write ,understand whats written .one cant fool suppose one wants take loan or lend money and before giving signature.People are today aim higher education.wish him all the best.Dont worry, all youngsters too are not always good.I must admit todays standard is not easy even for us old ones.

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Yes and no.

    Experience is important.

    But if a person experienced at HIS level is promoted, his experience at the higher level is virtually zero (at the time of promotion). So, what he can contribute is limited. This is well-explained through "Peter principle".

    If, however, the person has some education, and some drive, he can learn the ropes at the higher level far quicker. A rule of thumb might be: Greater the level of education, greater the adaptability.

    Officers, supervisors and managers need to participate in written communication too.

    Of course, education WITHOUT any experience can be useless too.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Our Politicians should learn from K R Manjunath ...

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Definitely here he has one personal ambition, that is higher package.
    He wants retire as head master..
    Definitely salary and retirement benefits will be higher.
    This is same like politician ambition.
    Tomorrow if government says minimum degree requirements for head constable.. then ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    sri_elder, Karkala
    Now we both agree that Minimum Graduation for all Public Positions ...

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  • Jemma, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Not Tomorrow!!!Tonight if Chowkidar Passes Law that all politicians and office bearers are mandatory Graduates. Phir Kya hoga re Dudhamanna?
    Anguta champ ok to be Minister, Police Head Chowkidar not okay.
    Me ra Rashtra forward march , Chadian to Pantaloon.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    God bless your efforts sir... wish you every success...come in flying colours...may your dreams get fulfilled...

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  • Brian Nazareth, Koppa/Mangaluru

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Great going Sir, Your spirit is an inspiration to all. Best wishes to you.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    10th Standard is better than my friend who is only 4th Standard ...

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Never too old to learn.Show to the world that age is just number game.Where there is a will there is a way.


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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Wish you all the best Manjunath

    Without ambition, one starts nothing
    Without work, one finishes nothing
    The prize will not be sent to you
    Without having it won by you.
    (old saying)

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  • Vishal, Puttur

    Fri, Jul 3 2020

    Sir, all the best. Good going. You would succeed this time, I presume. Even if you don't make it, your spirit and intentions are appreciated.

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