Following the incident in Kozhikode where a teacher wrote the class 12 English exam for two students at the Neeleswaram Government Higher Secondary School in Mukkam, the students have now agreed to reappear for the exam. Earlier, the two students, whose English paper exam was written by the teacher, identified as Nishad V Mohammad, had refused to retake the exam. They claimed that Nishad had written their paper without their knowledge.
However, following pressure from the school and officials of the education department, the students applied to take the SAY (Save a Year) exam. According to reports, the two students will be allowed to retake the English exam with special facilities. This was promised to them while their statements were recorded. The students’ statements were recorded on Tuesday by Higher Secondary Department joint director SS Vivekanandan, regional deputy director Gokula Krishnan and other senior officials.
The two students from the science and commerce departments will write the exam again on June 10. The students and their parents agreed to reappear for the test after they were assured that they could apply for college admissions within this year itself.
As for the impersonation by the teacher, the answer sheets written by him will be taken into custody by the Kerala police. Currently they are kept at the Pareeksha Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram under the custody of the education department.
After examining the answer sheets and confirming if the handwriting belonged to the teacher by conducting a forensic test, the teacher will be taken into custody. The accused teacher had also applied for anticipatory bail on Wednesday.
The incident came to light by chance when education department officials found exam papers of students with similar handwriting. On comparing the exam papers of different subjects written by the same students, it came to light that somebody else had written their papers. When questioned, Nishad, who is the school's computer science teacher, admitted that he had written the exam for the students. Nishad had also evaluated over 30 answer sheets of the students of the school in order to give them higher marks.