India sacks exam chief after protests over exam marking

The head of India’s National Testing Agency (NTA) has been fired following allegations of cheating in recent higher education exams.

The government also appointed a committee to recommend reforms in the competitive process.

There are calls for a re-run of the medical entrance exam after thousands of candidates achieved unusually high marks, sparking protests over allegations of cheating.

The National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) is the entry exam to study medicine in India.

Millions of students take the exam every year, but only a small percentage achieve a passing score.

The results, released on June 4, meant that even high scorers would find it difficult to do so.

Since then, the exam has come under scrutiny for a variety of reasons, from errors in the question paper to unfair deferred marks and cheating.

Earlier this month, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan acknowledged that “several irregularities” had come to light.

NTA chief Subodh Kumar Singh faced intense criticism and was removed from his post on Saturday.

The qualifying exam for PhD fellowship was also cancelled after the question paper was leaked on the dark web.

The postgraduate medical entrance exam scheduled for Sunday has been postponed.

Opposition parties and student organisations have been protesting across the country against the deficiencies, putting pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recently re-elected government.

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