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Money, suicide threats: Students go all out to get pass marks

Such pleas by students in their answer sheets have puzzled evaluators of papers of classes X and XII papers of Uttar Pradesh Board of High School & Intermediate Education.

india Updated: May 06, 2010 22:58 IST
Kapil Datta

“I have already failed thrice in the past and if I fail this year as well, then I will have no choice but to commit
suicide.”

Such pleas by students in their answer sheets have puzzled evaluators of papers of classes X and XII papers of Uttar Pradesh Board of High School & Intermediate Education. But more than that, currency notes popping out of these answer sheets have amazed them.

At the evaluation centres in Noida and Greater Noida, currency notes from Rs 10 to Rs 100 were found in several answer sheets as bribe for evaluators to mark their papers leniently.

“I picked an answer sheet and turned the page to find a Rs 50 currency note. When I took the note there was a slip below it with a mobile phone number and a message. The message said I could get more money by calling on the number,” said an evaluator, on condition of anonymity. It was his first evaluation duty.

The evaluation for the state board exam began on April 18 and ended on May 2. On Thursday the answer sheets were despatched to the board office at Allahabad.

Around 3 lakh answer sheets of high school and intermediate classes were checked at these two centres. Currency notes were found in around 50 answer sheets.

Another evaluator from the Greater Noida centre found a Rs 20 note in an answer sheet he checked. Beside currency notes, several students tried to emotionally blackmail the evaluators.

“One student had written that she was ill for the last one month and could not prepare for exams. She requested for pass marks keeping in view her illness. She also requested the evaluator to think of her as his daughter and then decide,” said another evaluator.