KARNATAKA: The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) has recently introduced a ban on all forms of head coverings during recruitment exams for boards and corporations, as part of a broader crackdown on malpractices, particularly those involving the use of Bluetooth devices for cheating.
While the dress code issued by KEA does not explicitly mention the hijab, the prohibition on head covers extends to include it, effectively barring individuals from wearing the hijab during the recruitment exams.
This decision comes in anticipation of various recruitment exams scheduled to take place on November 18 and 19 across the state.
The KEA’s dress code explicitly states that wearing “any garment or cap that covers the head, mouth, or ears” will not be allowed in the exam hall. The rationale behind this measure is to prevent instances of exam malpractices, specifically those involving the use of Bluetooth devices for cheating.
It’s worth noting that the KEA had previously permitted the wearing of hijabs during recruitment exams held in October. The recent change in policy reflects the exam authority’s continued efforts to address and prevent cheating in recruitment exams.