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Questions raised over �quality� of new police recruits

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GUWAHATI, Nov 26 - A higher secondary pass candidate with physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) as elective subjects is usually deemed fit for quite a few promising career options.

However, the Assam Police finds itself in bewilderment following a bizarre show of academic prowess of a group of new recruits from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh who were not even able to read a sentence properly or solve simple arithmetic problems.

Taken aback by the development, the State Level Police Recruitment Board (SLPRB) has vouched for action against the candidates recruited in the Assam Police Radio Organisation (APRO).

Apprehensions are expressed that this could just be the tip of the iceberg as the number of candidates, who had secured job on the strength of educational certificates from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, is reportedly very high.

With certain quarters even smelling a rat over the way the evaluation was done, the Assam Police headquarters is yet to take a call on this.

�Time and again we have seen that there are institutes in Bihar and some other states where the quality of education system is questionable. Even after that, we are considering the certificates on face value. This has necessitated the need for a thorough reverification of the answer scripts that the candidates in question had written which would be matched under the supervision of handwriting experts,� a senior Assam Police official told The Assam Tribune.

After being brought to the notice by the respective district police about the matter, the Additional Director General of Police (Communication), SN Singh, had himself conducted another test for the candidates in question after which he dispatched a note to the SLPRB chairman dated February 26 clearly mentioning that the educational qualifications of three of the candidates were found to be suspicious.

Sources informed that although the education board of Bihar too has confirmed the certificates to be true to the best of their knowledge, the Uttar Pradesh board has not reciprocated to the Assam Police.

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Questions raised over �quality� of new police recruits

GUWAHATI, Nov 26 - A higher secondary pass candidate with physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) as elective subjects is usually deemed fit for quite a few promising career options.

However, the Assam Police finds itself in bewilderment following a bizarre show of academic prowess of a group of new recruits from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh who were not even able to read a sentence properly or solve simple arithmetic problems.

Taken aback by the development, the State Level Police Recruitment Board (SLPRB) has vouched for action against the candidates recruited in the Assam Police Radio Organisation (APRO).

Apprehensions are expressed that this could just be the tip of the iceberg as the number of candidates, who had secured job on the strength of educational certificates from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, is reportedly very high.

With certain quarters even smelling a rat over the way the evaluation was done, the Assam Police headquarters is yet to take a call on this.

�Time and again we have seen that there are institutes in Bihar and some other states where the quality of education system is questionable. Even after that, we are considering the certificates on face value. This has necessitated the need for a thorough reverification of the answer scripts that the candidates in question had written which would be matched under the supervision of handwriting experts,� a senior Assam Police official told The Assam Tribune.

After being brought to the notice by the respective district police about the matter, the Additional Director General of Police (Communication), SN Singh, had himself conducted another test for the candidates in question after which he dispatched a note to the SLPRB chairman dated February 26 clearly mentioning that the educational qualifications of three of the candidates were found to be suspicious.

Sources informed that although the education board of Bihar too has confirmed the certificates to be true to the best of their knowledge, the Uttar Pradesh board has not reciprocated to the Assam Police.

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