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Himanta orders measures to ensure foolproof exams



GUWAHATI, Feb 11: To conduct the class 10 board HSLC and class 12 board HSSLC examitions this time in proper manner and without slip-ups, State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday instructed all DCs to impose Sec 144 within a certain radius of examition centers to maintain order, and to install CCTV cameras for better vigilance.

Sarma held a review meeting here through video conference with DCs and SPs of all districts in presence of top officials of the agencies including primarily the SEBA and the AHSEC, and ordered implementation of several measures including introduction of flying squads for inspection of examition centers.

Sarma instructed all DCs to impose Sec 144 within 100 to 200 meters radius of each of the examition centers to maintain order, a practice that has already been started in Goalpara district. Instruction was also issued to the DCs to install CCTV cameras in all centers where HSLC and HSSLC examitions will be held.

The DCs have also been given power to cancel examition for a particular day if information about cheating from any center in their particular district reaches them. “We will work as ‘Team Assam’. All departments will help each other to get the work done,” exhorted Sarma.

The Education Minister also issued specific instructions to DCs and SPs to conduct exams in vulnerable centers located in interior areas strictly as per rules. The DCs and SPs have been urged to pay persol visits to the centers or to appoint special officials. These special officials will report to DCs who will take action as per their recommendations.

Sarma said students and teachers will not be allowed to carry mobile phones to examition centers, and question papers can be opened by the respective school officials only in the presence of a police official.

A total of 3,91,212 candidates will appear in this year’s HSLC exam in 855 centers which will be held from February 17 to March 10. The government has appointed 120 zol supervising officers, 1,100 supervising officers, 2,500 scrutinizers and 10,000 examiners for smooth conduct of the examition. A total of 40 evaluation centers will be set up in the line of strong rooms for the evaluation of answer scripts, and of the 40 evaluation centers, 28 centers will be set up exclusively for evaluating General Mathematics answer scripts. The evaluation of General Mathematics answer scripts will be done by computerized system. A total of HSLC 23,68,005 answer scripts will be evaluated by these 40 evaluation centers.

Similar measures have also been taken by the Education department for conducting the higher secondary (HSSLC) examition in the State. The Education department has also barred private junior colleges from holding HS exam due to breach of rules on several occasions in the past.

It may also be mentioned that the OMR system, which has already been introduced in the HSLC exam, will be introduced in the HSSLC exam from this year. The HSSLC exam will be held from February 20 to March 20.