Strange it may sound, but 31 children of a government school have blamed bad weather for their failure in exams.
The standard 11 students of a government school in pocket 4 of Mayur Vihar 1 in east Delhi failed their political science paper.
The 31 students who flunked in a class of 45 blamed their failure on heavy rain on March 7.
“When our examination for the subject was taking place, there was no electricity in the school. The room was already dark and even the weather turned bad and we could hardly see properly. The school was not even able to make arrangements for candles in that room,” said Farha, a student who has failed in the political science examination.
The capital city that day had recorded 7.8mm of rainfall during the entire day.
The students alleged they failed because of the poor lighting caused by the bad weather.
Another person familiar with the situation in the school said, “In many of the classes at least the examination was conducted under candle lights. In this class, one hour was wasted in searching for candles itself and nothing could be done.”
The students had to reportedly write a three-hour paper without proper lights being provided to them.
Though the students have not been handed over their marksheets, the class teacher has told them about the failure.
“I have been told that I have scored only 18 marks. Our parents had gone to speak to the teacher and principal about this matter. They told my parents that nothing could be done about it,” Farah said.
The students who failed and their parents now want to take up the matter with the deputy director of education but are clueless on how to go about it.
Neither the subject teacher nor the principal could be reached for thier comments.
“I am very worried that my sister’s year will go waste. I hope the authorities intervene and take some action,” said Abid.