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Student Who Killed Herself After Failing Telangana Inter Exam Declared Passed After Re-evaluation

Anamika Arutla, 17, was earlier given 20 marks in her Telugu paper but the re-verification process found that she had actually received 48 marks.

Rishika Sadam | CNN-News18

Updated:June 1, 2019, 7:53 PM IST
Student Who Killed Herself After Failing Telangana Inter Exam Declared Passed After Re-evaluation
Protesters in front of the Telangana intermediate board office following discrepancies in exam results that led to student suicides.

Hyderabad: A 17-year-old student who committed suicide after finding out she had failed to clear a paper in class 12 had actually passed with 48 marks after re-verification, a re-evaluation team of the Telangana class 12 results has found.

An upset Anamika Arutla, 17, had hanged herself on April 18 after her results were declared — she had failed to clear the Telugu paper. While earlier she was given 20 marks in the paper, the re-verification process found she had actually received 48.

“We have been told earlier by the board that Anamika’s marks just increased by a mark or two and her result still remains in the failed category. But now, it shows that she passed in the exam. Who is responsible for her death now? Can they get my daughter back to us? This is a major mistake,” Anamika’s elder sister, Udaya, told News18.

Child rights activist Achyutha Rao and Arutla's family has demanded that BIE authorities be taken into custody.

Twenty-three students across the state had committed suicide after failing their intermediate exams.

Of the 9.43 lakh students who appeared in the exams, 5.60 lakh had cleared it. After the announcement of results, it came to light that authorities had allegedly made a mistake in evaluating the answer scripts and processing the results, leading to a public outcry.

A number of students and their parents claimed that they secured poor marks despite writing a good test.

Opposition parties and student bodies had also taken to the streets, demanding justice for the students. After the matter reached the high court, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on April 24 announced free re-verification of answer sheets of all failed students.

According to Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) secretary M Ashok, 23 students committed suicide and three students attempted to kill themselves. Of the 23, 20 had failed and two students had passed but took the extreme step over not scoring expected marks. A student who committed suicide had appeared in three of the six exams, passing all of them.

Several merit students said they got single-digit marks in subjects. In a few cases, students were marked absent despite appearing for the exam.

A three-member committee appointed to investigate the issue found that a private company, Globearena Technologies Pvt Ltd, committed ‘technical’ errors while processing the results. In the most striking case, a student was given '00' as marks instead of '99'.

The board, which released the results on May 27, had said only 1,100 of the 3.8 lakh students passed after a re-verification — a number that pushed students and activist groups to protest, alleging discrepancies in the process.

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