After more than 20 students in one Indian state committed suicide due to failed university admission exams, an independent panel has found that the marking software used was faulty and had graded pupils incorrectly.
Parents had demanded a review of results after over one-third of students in Telengana state failed their two-year Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC), which school leavers sit prior to applying for higher education.
The state government has since announced that students who did not pass the exams will be eligible for a free re-count of their papers.
Suspicions were raised after many students who had achieved top marks in the first year of exams did not even pass in the second and final year.
Parents correctly laid the blame with Globarena Technologies Private Limited – the company which provided software to the state government to process examination results but which has been found to have marked the admission tests inaccurately.
They also allege that the organisation awarded marks to students who didn’t turn up for exams and that the marking errors were covered up as the company has close links to the son of the Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekhar Rao.
“A student identified as Naveena… failed in Telugu [exam] in the final year,” a student leader told the Indian e-newspaper First Post.