UP Board exams 2018: More than 1.8 lakhs students absent on the first day of the exam
8 February, 2018: The UP Board examinations for class 10 and 12 began on Tuesday, 6th February. According to UP Deputy Director for Education, Vikas Srivastava, around 1,80,826 students did not appear on the first day of the examinations. It includes are 1.27 lakhs Intermediate candidates and around 53,000 High School candidates.
Over 67 lakhs candidates enrolled for the UP board exams for class 10 and 12 this year, out of which 37 lakhs enrolled for class 10 and rest 30 lakhs for class 12. In Hardoi, 11,141 students did not turn up for the examinations on 6th February. In Azamgarh, 8842 students were missing from the exam centre, 6330 from Jaunpur and another 6299 from Gonda. Other centres like Mainpuri, Moradabad and Gorakhpur also witnessed a high number of absentees.
In other news, a Special Task Force of the UP police busted a copying racket and arrested 3 people including the headmaster of a school. The CCTV cameras caught him dictating answers to students. On further investigation, it was found out the, he along with another teacher took bribes of Rs.2000-Rs.3000 from each students to help them cheat. UP Board Secretary, Nina Srivastava said that 16 students were caught cheating on the first day of the examination.