Kozhikode: The four students, whose plus-two final year answer sheets were allegedly written by a teacher on examination duty, are not willing to sit for the Save A Year (SAY) examination even as their results are under a cloud.
The students, who found themselves in the midst of the strange row, told a team of officials conducting a probe into the issue that the malpractice was conducted without their knowledge and hence they would not write another examination as demanded by the latter. They made their intention clear at a hearing conducted at their Government Higher Secondary School at Neeleshwaram, near Mukkom, in Kozhikode district.
One of the girl students, whose answer sheet was tampered with, told the higher officials that they can strike of the answers corrected by the teacher and count only those answers written by her. The student was confident that she would pass the examination otherwise also. She is also expecting grace marks credited for participants in the National Service Scheme.
Except for that girl student, even the original answer sheets written by other three students were found replaced.
Sources said that even different register numbers were mentioned on the answer sheets by the authorities involved in the malpractice.
It was alleged Nishad wrote the plus two English paper of two students and the Computer Science paper for two others. Moreover, it is suspected the answer sheets of 32 students were corrected. A preliminary investigation had found that the suspect teacher had written the exams in the school office itself with the help of the chief superintendent.
Students had initially blamed Nishad and said that the malpractice was conducted without their knowledge. Curiously, Nishad, who was also the additional deputy chief of examinations, had said that he was not trying to make any financial gains.
Officials including Dr S Vivekanandan, joint director of examinations and Gokul Krishna, higher secondary regional deputy director, met the students as well as all the staff members who were present on the days of examinations at the school on Tuesday. They also met the officials of the Mukkom municipality.
Nishad was suspended by the general education department pending inquiry. School 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.)
Meanwhile, a police case was registered against three teachers linked to the fraud on Monday evening.
Gokul Krishna had directly handed over the complaint at the Mukkom police station against school deputy chief Nishad V Mohammed who is alleged to have written exam for four students in the school, and two other teachers.
As reported earlier, the students of the school have started a social media campaign to support Nishad. A letter, allegedly written by the school leader was circulating on the social media expressing support to the suspended teacher. Opposition parties took out protest marches against the school and education department over the incident on Monday.