Madurai: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday set aside a competitive exam held by the Teachers Recruitment Board on July 21 for recruitment of PG Assistants (Tamil) and directed it to conduct a fresh exam for the Tamil subject following a complaint of erroneous questions in the exam.
"TRB (Teachers Recruitment Board) has forced me to make a pronouncement for a re-examination, it`s all because of the `indifferent` attitude of the TRB, "Justice S Nagamuthu said.
Referring to Advocate General AL Somayaji`s three suggestions--to provide grace marks to the students who attended the erroneous questions in Booklet B; to evaluate the question paper for 110 marks for Booklet B and to evaluate all question papers (A,B,C,D) for 110 marks--, the Judge said if the suggestions were adopted, "we will be doing injustice to the meritorious candidates."
The Judge said if the papers were valued for 110 marks, it will not serve the purpose for conducting the competitive exam. The Judge said no one should be affected due to the mistakes made by someone.
"In competitive exams, all should be treated equal. In this case, one third of the questions are itself wrong," the Judge said.
The Judge suggested that the TRB conduct the exams within six weeks and directed it not to entertain fresh applications from new candidates, and use the old hall tickets which was issued online earlier.
S Vijayalakshmi (35) from Madurai had moved the court seeking a direction to restrain the TRB from publishing results of the examination as she was served with a question Booklet "with lot of errors."
The TRB had informed the court that it was not possible to hold a fresh examination for the selection of PG Assistants (Tamil) (2012-2013) in view of the "time factor".
The court had on September 10 instructed the TRB Chairman to consult with the government about the possibility of conducting a fresh exam as more than one third of the questions in the Tamil question paper, under booklet series B, contained several mistakes.