Published: 23rd March 2019
Students must be permitted loo breaks in between exams, orders Kerala government
The ruling came after a student was forced to defecate inside the exam hall, after being denied a loo break
After a shocking incident where a student was forced to defecate inside the examination hall after the invigilator denied him a loo break, the Kerala General Education Department has issued an order to allow toilet breaks for students who are writing examinations. The schools are also instructed to provide the students with drinking water and ensure that the examination halls have fans.
On Tuesday, a class X student, who was suffering from stomach pain was denied permission to use the restroom in the middle of his Chemistry SSLC Examination. Helpless, the student was forced to defecate inside the classroom. The incident occurred in the Government Higher Secondary School, Kadakkal. The student was unwell and had reportedly informed the invigilator about the same before the examination began. Following this, P Suresh, Kerala State Commission For Protection Of Child Rights Chairperson, had filed a case against the teacher.
"The teachers were instructed by the commission to let the students use the restrooms when needed. They were also asked to provide assistance to students when needed. The classrooms should also have fans and drinking water. The general education department has issued an order about the same today," says Suresh. At the same time, the circulars and instruction manuals to the invigilators do not specify anything about loo breaks.