Mangalore, Nov 27: In spite of State Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Kageri Vishveshwara Hegde’s assurance than students below 15 can answer the SSLC examinations, school authorities are insisting that under aged students must produce a fake age certificate or write the examinations during the next academic year.
A circular sent to the schools by the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board Director (examinations) on Nov 3, 2009 is responsible for this confusion. This circular carried statements to the effect that students below 15 as of June 2010 cannot answer their examinations. Their applications will be rejected by the board and the headmasters of the respective schools will be dealt with strictly.
More than 17,000 students all over the state fall under this category. Many of them are a few months younger than 15. Although Kageri announced that these children must be allowed to answer their examinations, the schools are not taking this statement seriously because no official revised circular has been sent to them. School authorities, therefore, have disregarded Kageri’s assurance and are sticking to the statements in the circular of Nov 3.
Parents, however, are willing to spend a few hundred rupees on getting a fake age certificate from a notary because they don’t want their children to waste an entire academic year.