The students appearing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam in Kannur, Kerala couldn’t believe what happened to them yesterday. In a shocking incident girl students were allegedly asked by invigilators to remove their top innerwear & change their pair of jeans to keep up with the dress code for the exam. The dress code was prescribed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
A TOI report stated that candidates who appeared for the examination at TISK English Medium School at Kovvappuram near Kunhimangalam in Payyannur, were asked to remove dresses with metal hooks or buttons because the rules did not permit them to allow metallic items inside the exam halls.
One parent claimed that her daughter was forced to remove her top innerwear and she had to do so as there was no other option. “I am a teacher and I know the psychology of teenagers; this will definitely affect their confidence, and we are thinking of taking legal measures,” she added. The girl said that she had attended the examination after undergoing coaching in Thrissur for a year. She also added that the incident shattered her. “I don’t know how I appeared for the examination,” she said.
Another parent said that his daughter had to change her pair of jeans because it had metal buttons & pockets. “Many girls faced a similar ordeal but they and their parents kept silent,” he said. He also added that one particular Muslim family came forward to help the girls & gave clothes to at least 6 girls. “Some of them had to cut the sleeves of these dresses too, as full sleeves are not permitted.
CBSE officials were not available for comments.