Hyderabad/Delhi, Apr 26 : National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC) has issued a notice to Telangana Chief Secretary Shailendera Kumar Joshi on Friday. The action was after taking suo-motu cognizance of media reports that 18 students have committed suicide since March 2019 who have reportedly failed in the intermediate examination, conducted by the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) as large-scale discrepancies have triggered furore in the state.
About 3 lakh students have reportedly failed in the exam and the students and parents are staging protests.
The Commission while issuing notice to Mr Joshi, called for a detailed report in the matter within 4 weeks, including action taken against the guilty and relief, if any, provided to the aggrieved families.
It has observed that the contents of the news reports, if true, raise the issues of serious lapse on the part of the authorities amounting to violation of human rights.
A thorough probe into the matter is required not only to punish the guilty but to ensure that such sorrowful incidents do not recur in future.
According to the media reports, hundreds of students have failed to get even pass marks.
The State Education Ministry, the Board and the government initially dismissed the allegations but later gave in to the growing protests.
The aggrieved students have also approached the High Court.
Reportedly, the role of a private firm has come to the notice who has been given the contract for processing the results.
This work was being done earlier by the “Centre for Good Governance” which is a government agency.
The Hyderabad-based private firm Globarena Technologies, which has executed the work, is reportedly not competent enough to take up the job. The firm has however contended that it is capable of handling the task and that it had executed the contract, systematically.