Ban on Head Coverings for Recruitment Exams: Ahead of future recruitment tests to different state boards and businesses, the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) outlawed head coverings of any kind in an effort to deter cheating and forgery. Although the instructions do not explicitly exclude the hijab, it is implied that head coverings associated with several religions, including Islam and Sikhism, would not be allowed in the exam room in order to prevent malpractices using Bluetooth devices.
Additionally, the Exam Authority forbade the use of electronic devices in the testing facility, including phones and Bluetooth headphones.
November 6 was the day of the Karnataka Public Service Commission examination. Prior to entering the test hall, a female candidate was requested to take off her “mangalsutra.” Hindutva organizations protested this occurrence, which led to the KEA allowing women to wear toe rings and mangal sutra in the examination room but banning other jewelry.
Ban on Head Coverings for Recruitment Exams
The guidelines establish a dress code for exams that prohibits ladies from wearing jeans, high heels, or T-shirts. But men are permitted to wear half-sleeved shirts that are not tucked in. The recruitment tests for several boards and businesses in Karnataka are scheduled for November 18 and 19.
Students were allowed to wear the hijab during last month’s competitive examinations, according to the Karnataka government. Right-wing protest groups broke out when MC Sudhakar, the minister of higher education. They allowed candidates to take examinations while donning the hijab.
But after reports of students using Bluetooth devices during tests emerged. The state administration moved to put the prohibition into effect. It was reported that test takers at the KEA testing venues in Kalaburagi and Yadgir were employing Bluetooth devices. During last month’s tests. The State government directed an investigation, headed by the state CID, on November 11.
In addition, the Common Entrance Test administered by KEA and other board exams like Class X and XII were included in the state government’s expansion of this policy.