Boys on rampage for right to copy

Kalimpong, March 28: A section of HS candidates vandalised the exam centre here today. Their grouse against Scottish Universities’ Mission Institution (SUMI), one of the three centres for boys in the subdivision, was that the invigilators would not let them engage in malpractice in the exam hall.

According to the invigilators, soon after the exam was over, some boys went to the back of the school and started hurling stones at the building. Windowpanes of classrooms and the prayer hall were broken. The teachers alleged that a handful of policemen on duty remained mute spectators as the students went on the rampage. “The students also hurled filthy words at us,” said Bipin Syangden, a teacher of SUMI.

Even after the incident, the students allegedly approached the principal, Nava Ratna Pradhan, and urged him to let them copy at least in the last one hour of the remaining exams.

“There will be no change in our approach. We will continue to be strict with errant students for the remaining papers as well,” said Pradhan. The principal added that he had told 286 students attending today’s exams that no sort of malpractice would be allowed at the exam centre.

Some students had yesterday put up posters articulating the demand.

P.T. Sherpa, the subdivisional officer of Kalimpong, said action would be taken if the teachers filed a complaint.

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