The Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) on Thursday demanded the Manipur government to enact a penal examination law before the commencement of BOSEM class 10 and COHSEM class 12 examination, 2023.
Addressing the media at DESAM head office on Thursday, secretary general of DESAM, Mayengbam Somorjit, said that the Human Rights Commission had directed the state government to set up penal examination laws on March 11, 2021.
The directives were made following a complaint filed by the student body, he added. “Although the order is nearing two years, authorities concerned have not materialise the directives till date,” he said.
Somorjit questioned why the state government had kept the directive in backlog and accused the authorities of harbouring hidden motives for failing to mete out the directives. He highlighted that BOSEM had notified a set of rules and regulation for the examination but failed to mention the specific penalty for cheating and exam proxy.
“The notification mentions the punishments to follow as per law but which law is it referring to,” he said.
Somorjit recounted the state’s troublesome history with board examinations and highlighted the collective efforts of student and civil bodies to correct the system. He maintained that the authority’s disregard for the state’s education sector will prove fatal for students. Therefore, he urged authorities concerned to do away with delay tactic and swiftly map out the requisite penal laws.