Kozhikode: A social media campaign is on expressing solidarity with a teacher suspended over allegations that he wrote a few papers of the recent Plus-2 final examinations for the benefit of four students of the Government Higher Secondary School at Neeleshwaram here in Kerala. A letter circulating now is apparently written by a student on behalf of other students. Meanwhile, political outfits and youth organisations led protests in Kozhikode city on Monday demanding action over the fraud.
The higher secondary department has lodged a complaint with the police on the matter. The higher secondary director on Monday filed a complaint with the state police chief seeking a probe into the matter. Higher secondary regional deputy director Gokul Krishna also filed a complaint at Mukkom police station.
Teacher Nishad V Mohammed wrote the plus two English paper of two students and the Computer Science paper for two others, it was alleged. Moreover, it is suspected the answer sheets of 32 students were corrected. He was suspended by the department pending inquiry. Principal K Rasiya and PK Faisal, the deputy chief of examination, were also suspended. (Faisal is a teacher of a higher secondary school at Chendamangaloor in Kozhikode district itself.)
Some students had initially blamed Nishad and said that the malpractice was conducted without their knowledge. However, from Sunday night onward a letter written in the name of the school leader, is spreading on social media, seeking support for the suspended teacher.
“You should please listen to us too,” the letter begins. “There are so many students from our Plus-2 class who achieved high marks in the examination including the 21 who have scored A+ in all the subjects. Kindly do not say all of them gained high marks after copying; it is not true. Our school is not what is portrayed in newspapers and on social media. There were so many good activities throughout the academic year and we were trained with continuous test papers, to prepare us for the final examination.
“All the Saturdays were working days for us. We came to know that Nishad sir (the suspect teacher) had committed a grave error. We trusted him, and wish that the allegations are not true. If he had committed it, we do not know why he did that. There was no need for such a malpractice. We got maximum marks in your subject. He was the one at the forefront to support the poor students; maybe he wanted to help any student. We all pray that all your issues are settled soon,” the letter ends.
Nishad, who was also the additional deputy chief of examinations, had earlier said that he was not trying to make any financial gains.
No case yet
Mukkom police is yet to register a criminal case over the alleged fraud and a few student organisations are taking out protest marches in various parts of the district over the crime. When contacted, the police said that the higher secondary regional director is expected to give a complaint any time to the Mukkom police over registering a case against the erring teachers.
The Bharatiya Janata Party took out a march to the school on Monday.
Youth League workers were stopped by police when they protested in front of the AEO's office. Youth League workers also conducted a protest in front of the civil station, demanding judicial probe.
As reported earlier, the Directorate of Higher Secondary Education has already ordered for a departmental inquiry. The police is expected to look into the impersonation angle.
The malpractice was spotted during valuation as handwriting on answer sheets of different students appeared to be the same. Then the answer sheets of other subjects of the same students were compared.
These checks confirmed that the exams were not written by the students but someone else.
Exam board secretary Dr S S Vivekanandan then summoned the students to check their handwriting. However, only school principal and deputy chief of examinations Faisal turned up. The accused teacher did not come.
In the investigation that followed, it was found that the suspect teacher, with the help of chief superintendent, had written the exams in the school office itself.