Even as students taking the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test face one hardship after another, authorities in one Madurai school gave students, who study in English and Tamil, Hindi question papers.
The Noyes Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Madurai was to seat 720 students for the examination. However, 96 of these students received their question papers in Hindi. When the students complained to the authorities, they were detained and asked to wait until the bilingual English and Tamil papers arrived.
The examination takes place across the country between 9: 30 am and 12: 30 pm. However, the papers for these 96 students did not arrive until 2:50 pm. The students were forced to sit inside as they had already accessed the paper which they could not read.
This caused panic among the parents waiting outside for their wards to finish the exam. While the students who received the right question papers exited the exam hall around 12: 30- 1 pm, the rest were inside.
According to a report in The Hindu, the authorities had refused to inform the parents on what was going on inside. The parents were worried for the safety of the children and demanded answers of the authorities. The newspaper also reports that the police attempted to intervene in the issue following which the CBSE officials allowed some of the parents into the school.
According to media reports, the students were reportedly given lunch inside the exam halls as they waited for their papers.