Hyderabad: The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) had recently released the results of the 1st and 2nd year Intermediate Exams 2019. Around 3 lakh students failed to clear it.

Following protests by students and parents, the Telangana high court ordered the TSBIE to re-evaluate answer sheets of all the failed candidates on April 23.

A total of 9 lakh students had attempted the intermediate exams held in February-March.

As many as 16 students have committed suicide so far after the results were announced. Some parents said their children are meritorious and expressed shock that they failed in the Intermediate exams or had scored very less marks.

According to a PTI report, Protests against the ‘goof up’ in the Intermediate exam results for the third day, Students’ Federation of India (SFI) attempted to besiege Pragathi Bhavan, the official residence-cum-camp office of Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao as part of the protest. The attempts of students were foiled and as many as 24 members were taken into preventive custody, a police official said.

Similarly, scores of activists of Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) and DYFI were also detained, when they tried to stage demonstrations near the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Examination (TSBIE) office.

The protesters raised slogans against the Telangana government and the CM demanding the resignation of education minister G Jagadeshwar Reddy. They also sought ex-gratia for 16 students, who committed suicide after the results were declared. The exams were conducted during February and March this year and the results were announced on April 18.

Many students and parents have been agitating against the TSBIE alleging goof-ups in the paper valuation.

Since Saturday last, they have been demanding a thorough re-verification of the papers of those who had failed. The state government has already constituted a three-member committee to look into the allegations of irregularities in the declaration of the results.

The court, while hearing a petition filed by an NGO, gave time to the TSBIE board till April 29 to disclose how much time it would take for completion of revaluation. The additional secretary of the board has informed the court that it could take over two months as more than three lakh copies are to be re-evaluated.

The panel would probe among other aspects if the Globarena Technologies, which provided technical and software support to TSBIE, carried out its functions as mandated in the agreement.

A large number of worried students and parents stated that they were unable to apply for re-verification, revaluation or recounting of answer sheets online as the website was not functioning.

Some parents said their children are meritorious and expressed shock that they failed in the Intermediate exams or had scored very less marks.

The president of Telangana Government Junior College Lecturers Association, Madhusudhan Reddy said, "At least eight students allegedly committed suicide while several others attempted to end their lives after they failed to clear the exam. Eleven students who scored over 900 (out of total 1,000), 125 with scores between 850 and 900 and about 2,000 who scored over 750 were declared failed in one subject, which varied among students."

Supplementary exam:

The supplementary exams will begin from May 16, 2019 (first and second-year Intermediate) and will conclude on May 27, 2019. Practical exams will start from May 28 to May 31, 2019.

The Ethics and Human Values exam will be held on June 1, 2019 and Environmental Education exam will be conducted on June 3, 2019.

* With PTI inputs