The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education has said it will not be possible for students and parents to get copies of answer sheets through an application under the Right To Information (RTI) Act. Answer sheets are considered ‘paid material’ under Government Order 454 on Thursday, it said,
The Board was responding to a message in circulation since the last couple of days on social media platforms, that students can apply for the answer sheets through the RTI. The application fee is Rs 10, the charge is Rs 2 per page and it takes up to 30 days to get a reply.
The board says students must apply for reverification by paying a fee of `600 per answer sheet. However, this was always the case. In 2001, the Supreme Court stated that the answer sheet is an “information under Section 2(f) of the RTI Act and therefore, examinees/students have a fundamental and legal right of having access to their answer sheets under RTI Act.” The Board, however, states it is not possible to get answer sheets through the RTI Act.