In a shocking incident in Harapanahalli in Davanagere district, 7 teachers allowed their students to cheat in examination meant for their own performance evaluation. The Karnataka School Quality Assessment and Accreditation Council (KSQAAC) test was held for class IV to IX (both for aided and government school students) to make them acquainted with top examinations.
This was also to assess the performance of the students and to test whether or not they have been teaching the students in a proper way. The incident, however, came to light when someone took a video and sent it to the Block Education Officer (BEO). L Ramesh, BEO, Harapanahalli, speaking to the Bangalore Mirror said, "This exam will equip students to write national-level examinations. But, these seven teachers allowed students to copy. Besides, they also narrated answers to them. Someone sent a video and I got a complaint. They have been suspended. We have even replaced them with another set of teachers.”
An official said, "This is primarily to help students improve their skills and develop aptitude to solve different type of questions. Since we use OMR sheets, it is easy to generate report state-wise, district-wise and even taluk-wise. The same way, the teachers’ performance is also assessed. It all depends how a teacher has taught and trained the students.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI), Davanagere, Kodandarama K confirmed that the teachers have been suspended and an internal enquiry has also been ordered.