DESAM presses government to frame law to punish transgressor in exams

Imphal: Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) has urged Manipur government to frame laws to punish people who embroil in unfair means conducts in examinations.

It demanded to discuss the issue in the ongoing state Assembly session.

DESAM has been demanding the state government to initiate a Penal Law to penalise wrongdoers in examinations, the student body said on Thursday.

It is a must to define the crimes in issues of question leak, providing answers from outside the exam hall, mark tempering, candidate substitution, crimes by invigilators, etc., it added.

It is sad that the exam malpractice issue has not been discussed in the state Assembly till date despite of repeated plea for the law initiation in the state.

DESAM since its inception has been working to bring quality education in the state. It has been indulging in preventing malpractices in exams including pointing out of question leaks. Wrongdoing in exam is a crime. So far no criminal case has been taken up against those involved in exam related crimes. A Penal Law is required, DESAM secretary general L. Lamyanba told reporters here.

The student body said Karnataka amended its Karnataka Education Act 1983 in 2017 by introducing a penal provision. DESAM had asked the state government to initiate such Law in the state. It, otherwise, urges the government to amend the Manipur Elementary and Secondary Education Act 1972 and Manipur Higher Secondary Education Act 1992 by introducing Penal Provision.

It had urged the education minister and director by presenting relevant documents. The minister had positively assured the student body, DESAM said.

The student body demanded to introduce a Penal Law ahead of the upcoming Class X and XII examinations.

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