By Nouman Parvez
SRINAGAR: The Jammu & Kashmir Public Service Commission [JKPSC] has been accused of tailoring a written examination to favour a particular set of candidates. The written exam to select English teachers for Class 11 and 12 has 90% of the objective-type questions copy-pasted from a particular English guide.
Candidates who appeared in the exam have called for it to be scrapped and another exam held in its place.
‘’JKPSC had prepared a syllabus for 10+2 lecturers but when the written test was conducted, it did not bother to follow the syllabus. 90% of questions were copy-pasted from a particular English master-guide from page no 3 to page 10, only serial numbers have been changed,’ read a Facebook post by RTI activist Raja Muzzafar Bhat.
Protesting candidates point out that as per norms for setting question papers, selectors have to use and consult different books recommended by the JKPSC, so that there is fair selection.
“The revelation that has come to the fore has raised doubts over the fair selection process for the filling of posts in the education department,’’ protesters have said.
One female candidate, requesting anonymity, said that this was “a deliberate attempt made by the JKPSC to select those candidates who have bribed higher officials.’’
“The favoured candidates must have been given directions by the officials to prepare for the test from the particular English guide,” she said.
Another aspirant said that the JKPSC was marred with scams. “There is scam after scam in the selection for government posts. The brunt of these scams is being borne by those candidates who have no connection with the corrupt officials,” he said.
JKPSC secretary and controller of examinations Shakeel UL Rehman rubbished the allegations. “This is all nonsense. These allegations are baseless,” he said.
Rehman said that the JKPSC had nothing to do with the setting of question papers. He said that for the setting of question papers there were coordinators from outside the state.
“Not a single person from the commission knows about the question paper. It is against the mandate of the commission and against the law. So there is no question of involvement of any person from JKPSC,’’ Rehman said, adding, “Even the coordinator has to follow the norms and guidelines set by the JKPSC.”
He also warned of filing a “defamation suit” against those accusing JKPSC officials of corruption. “We have kept vigil on these rumour-mongers who are carrying out a defamation campaign on social networking sites as well,” he said.
When asked about the demand for a re-examination, he said that there was possibility of re-examination only in case if a paper was out of syllabus, which the English paper was not. “Still, we will look into the matter in detail,” he assured.
For qualifying the 10+2 lectureship examination, 60% weightage is given to the written test.
Aggrieved students have appealed to CM Mehbooba mufti to look into the matter and have demanded an enquiry.