We live in a crazy world, and we bet you’ve read and heard lots of bizarre things. But wait till you read this one. You all might know that students appeared for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test or NEET on Sunday, and what happened at the screening tests before entering the examination halls, will shock you.
It seems that the authorities left no stone unturned to prevent cheating during the exams, and chose weird ways to do the same. Girl students were allegedly asked to remove their bras before taking the NEET 2017, because when they girl passed through the metal detectors, the machines beeped due to the metal hooks in it. Yes, you read it right.
Deccan Chronicle reported that girls at the TISK English Medium School near Koovapuram were allegedly asked to remove their bras minutes before entering the examination hall. One of the girls, who was asked to do it, said –
‘They asked me to change the innerwear, but this is mentioned nowhere in NEET instructions. It was already 9.20am and I had only 10 more minutes to enter the hall. I asked them to permit me to use the toilet to change, but they refused. There were no houses nearby. Thankfully, only lady invigilators and staff were present at the entry point. So I removed it from there itself.’
Shocked? Well, for obvious reasons, not only the students were surprised, it angered many parents as well. According to reports, Renuka, mother of one of the girl students, condemned the authorities for doing this. She said –
‘It is shocking that my daughter had to undergo such an ordeal and remove her top innerwear to appear for the examination but there was no other option and she was forced to do so. I am a teacher and I know the psychology of the teenagers; this will definitely affect their confidence, and we are thinking of taking legal measures.’
A report in TOI said that a girl, who was wearing a pair of jeans was asked to remove a pocket and metal buttons on it. Her father had to run 3 km away to get her a new dress so that she can enter the examination hall.
In Kannur, some boys, who were wearing full-sleeves shirts, were told that only half sleeves shirts were allowed inside the hall. They had no choice but to cut their sleeves in half. A family residing near by the hall offered them half sleeve T-shirts so that they could give their exam. Not only this, DPS in Bengaluru had kept a stock of half-sleeve T-shirts ready for those who had come wearing full sleeves.
Students were also asked to either wear slippers or sit for the exam barefoot. Girl candidates were also restricted from wearing earrings, nose pins and dark-coloured clothes.
The Centre Board of Secondary Education organised NEET 2017 on Sunday across 104 cities, and even though the ordeal is over, it’s hard to tell how many students weren’t able to sit for the exams because of the dress-code.