Stringent measures put in place to avoid mass cheating
5 February, 2018: The UP Board Exams 2018 for Classes 10 and 12 will commence from today. As many as 66.37 lakh students have registered for the exams which are scheduled to be held at 8549 exam centres. Of the total number of students, 3,655,691 students have registered for the Class 10 exams while 2,981,387 students have registered for the Class 12 exams. After releasing the time table for Class 10 and Class 12 Board exams 2018, Uttar Pradesh Education Board Secretary Neena Srivastava declared that the Class 10 exams would be completed in a record 14 working days this time while the exams for Class 12 will conclude in 25 working days. Elaborate arrangements including the installation of CCTV cameras and imposing section 144 near the exam centres are a couple of measures that have been imposed by the UP Board to ensure that no fraudulent means or unethical practices are perpetrated during the exams. In order to keep the exams as transparent as possible, the Board has promulgated a set of strict guidelines which are to be followed by every participating student and exam centre. This year the board has roped in the services of UP Police’s special task force to prevent malpractices. Listed below are a few such measures that are aimed at curbing the menace of copying:
- The board would conduct examinations under the watch of CCTV cameras, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said.
- Section 144 will be imposed in the 100 metre radius of exam centre to prohibit gathering of five or more people.
- Mobile phones of exam centre coordinators and officials on duty in flying squad will be tracked.
- In case of any attempt at cheating, strict action will be taken under the Uttar Pradesh Public Examination (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act, 1998.
- As many as 141 examination centres have been identified as sensitive and highly sensitive in Agra district.
- Moreover, 109 static magistrates have been deputed in sensitive centres.
- In case of mass copying, FIRs would be registered against invigilators and centre superintendents.
- Candidates need to carry their Aadhaar card, which is mandatory to get admission into the examination hall.
- Also, students need to bring printed copy of their original admit card to the examination centre.
"School managements will not be allowed within 200 meters of exam centres and papers will be written under CCTV watch. A joint team of police, civil administration and education department officials will supervise the entire process," he said.
"Even after that if cheating case surfaces from a school, it will be barred from becoming an examination centre and steps will be taken to de-recognise it. We are committed towards ensuring fair examinations," Sharma added.
Ahead of the UP Board Exams phone number of 10 suspicious school owners from Agra district have been kept on surveillance to keep a tab on organised cheating. On exam days, mobile phones of examination centre coordinators and other concerned officials on duty in flying squad will also be tracked. On the eve of the exams 50 of the 75 districts were declared as ‘sensitive’. "There are 1,521 'hyper sensitive' and 566 'sensitive' centres. Exams will be held under surveillance of CCTV cameras," said UPSEB secretary Neena Srivastava.