|Published : 13 Mar 2017, 20:50:03|
When teachers leak question papers
The education minister has raised accusing fingers at teachers for question paper leak. This is indeed a serious matter. But when he claims that 'we can neither disclose everything nor can accept', the impression is that it may either be the tip of the iceberg or the matter is too delicate to be shared with the public. But why? Here is such an issue that is not relative to any situation; rather it demands a neutral and objective view of the crime in order to take prompt and proper action. If the teachers and their 'syndicate' are identified, there is no point trying to save their skin. The moment teachers have stooped so low to adopt the illegal means to furthering their personal interests, they have committed the gravest crime people in such a position can do. They have no more the moral right to claim they are teachers.
Understandably, the minister refers to are some of the privileged ones. If they opt for such moral aberrations knowing full well that it is personally demeaning and disgraceful for their profession, they must be meted out punishments stringent enough to act as a deterrent to the abominable practice. Whether those responsible for leaking question papers of the Secondary School Certificate examinations or the Higher Secondary Certificate examinations or any other competitive examination for unearned financial benefits or enhancing the reputation of their coaching centres, it is more than a crime. Swindling money or other official or social crime does not break the backbone of a nation but when morally debased teachers take recourse to this kind of devious practice, the rot starts taking its toll on the education system. This is enough to break a nation's backbone.
Venerable teachers of yesteryears are short in supply now but this does not mean the teachers with dubious credentials can deal a moral blow to the education system of which they are a product. If they sacrifice moral scruple at the altar of avarice, there is a need for telling them 'thus far and no further'. No indulgence to them will be a solution to the problem facing the education sector. Instead, all sets of the apparatus should be activated with the aim to detect the errant teachers and bring them to justice. In fact, laxity in bringing order in the sector has made a section of teachers bold enough to go to any length to press for their undue advantages. At one point they started feeling no qualms about committing the vilest act in the book.
The minister, therefore, cannot tell he is in no position to disclose everything. Any such statement will activate the rumour mill to spawn fictitious stories. Better it would be to tell the spade a spade. Let it not be forgotten that denial was the official reaction to question leak in the first place. Initially, the minister himself claimed it was no more than a rumour. This latest position will not help the cause unless his ministry goes all-out to follow up his claims with appropriate action against 'some teachers' involved in question leak.