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Candidates offer money to pass exam

Many students of Class 10 and 12, affiliated to the Uttar Pradesh board, had allegedly put currency notes in their answer sheets to bribe evaluators. This was reported from two evaluation centres in Noida and Greater Noida.

delhi Updated: May 11, 2011 23:28 IST
Kapil Datta

Many students of Class 10 and 12, affiliated to the Uttar Pradesh board, had allegedly put currency notes in their answer sheets to bribe evaluators. This was reported from two evaluation centres in Noida and Greater Noida. The evaluation process ended on Tuesday.

Currency notes in the denomination of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50 and Rs 100 were found in many answer sheets. Some even contained notes of R500 denomination. The examinees allegedly tried to bribe the evaluators, so that they are marked leniently.

Around 2.25 lakh answersheets of Class 10 and 12 were evaluated at Noida Inter College and Badalpur Inter College in Greater Noida. Money was found in around 60 answersheets.

"As I turned the pages of the answer sheet, I found a Rs 100 note. There was a slip below the note, which read "such more could be yours" and also carried a mobile number," said an evaluator, on condition of anonymity.
Another evaluator said, "I found a R50 note in one of the answersheets."

"Currency notes were mostly found in physics, chemistry and mathematics papers. Some English answer sheets, too, contained money. An evaluator got two Rs 500 and two Rs 100 notes in different answer sheets," said a deputy head, on condition of anonymity.

Besides, some evaluators found slips in which students had mentioned their problems. "A student stated that he had failed thrice. If he fails this year, then he will have no choice but to commit suicide," said an evaluator at the Greater Noida centre.

"One student said she could not prepare for exams as she was ill. She requested for pass marks," said another evaluator.

"Evaluators were not influenced by such methods. Students should not put currency notes in answer sheets as they could be blacklisted for future examinations. Taking note of a student's career, evaluators prefer not to report such incidents," Jyoti Prasad, district inspector of schools, said.