Governor to speak in Kannur University exam row

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Kerala University Cancels BSc Exam After Distributing Answer Key In Form Of Questionnaire

Kerala University Cancels BSc Exam After Distributing Answer Key In Form Of Questionnaire

Governor Arif Mohammed Khan will intervene in the controversy over the cancellation of exams at Kannur University. Expressing strong dissatisfaction with the fiasco, he accused Kerala’s higher education sector of being in the doldrums.

Speaking to the media in New Delhi on Sunday, Mr Khan, who is the chancellor of state universities, said the lapse of time is an indicator of the incompetence that is bogging down universities. He expressed doubts about the capacity of the commissions formed by the Department of Higher Education to reform the sector.

“Kerala’s school system is the best in the country, but higher education is in the doldrums. It’s a sure sign of incompetence. Someone has to take moral responsibility for the cancellation of exams,” he said, adding that he would look into the matter after returning from the nation’s capital.

Meanwhile, reports of similar botched reviews continued to crop up in the state. The University of Kerala recently canceled an exam after discovering that the “questionnaire” contained no questions, only answers.

Special examination

The error occurred in February when the university held a special exam for fourth-semester BSc electronics students who were unable to sit the regular ‘signals and systems’ exam. Only a few students had registered for the exams. The candidates, who received the questionnaire containing only the answers, chose not to report the gaffe. However, this came to light when officials sounded the alarm when evaluating the answer sheets. The university quickly canceled the exam. The date of the review has not yet been announced.

Official sources said the Union’s examinations subcommittee will have to take an appeal to initiate disciplinary action against the officials responsible for the failure.

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