PSC exam invigilation now part of duty of teachers

By G Sajith Kumar

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Kollam: The government issued an order making PSC (Public Service Commission) exam invigilation a part of the duty of teachers in the state. It is directed in the order issued by the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department that only teachers should be appointed as invigilators at PSC exam centres in the future.

The new conditions were implemented in order to ensure efficient and smooth conduct of exams. The order was issued on the basis of a letter sent by PSC secretary seeking government cooperation to resolve the issues in PSC.

The government order directs that the institution heads should grant permission to make government and aided schools and colleges PSC exam centres when PSC requests the same. The staff including chief superintendent and invigilators should reach the exam centre two hours before the exam.

PSC had pointed out that some institution heads refuse to allow exam centres in educational institutions leading to delay in conducting exams. The PSC officials often fail to give guidelines to the invigilators as they arrive only a few minutes before the exam. Following this, the government directed to take further action in this regard.

The teachers’ associations have already opposed this move and called it violation of Right to Education Act. They also alleged that the decision was taken without discussing with the organisations.

KSTA state president K J Harikumar said that compelling teachers to take up the invigilation duty will lead to legal issues. Teachers are supposed to engage in other works only for census duty, election duty or emergency duty during natural calamities, he added.

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