The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has decided to deliver question papers to banks instead of schools. This decision, which will be implemented from the current academic session, was taken during a board meeting held under the chairmanship of PSEB chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal at the board office here on Thursday.
Schools will now have to collect the question papers from nearby banks an hour before the start of the examination.
The chairperson had suspended five board employees in April after receiving complaints from examination centres in towns such as Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Fazilka and Ferozepur about officers not sending signature sheets and cut lists, which delayed the exams.
PSEB secretary Balwinder Singh said, "We have taken the decision to avoid any confusion among schools as well as board officials."
The board also decided to reduce the tenure for premature retirement from 25 to 20 years.
The board members discussed whether grace marks should be given to sportspersons who secured top three positions in a state or national-level competition.
"Goa and Maharashtra governments give grace marks to players who bag top positions, so we have decided to constitute a committee to decide whether we should do the same or add some percentage to their eventual result," the secretary said.
Another major decision taken at the meeting was to relax norms for PSEB-affiliated schools seeking upgradation. The schools that were earlier required to have extra land for upgradation can now apply for the same after fulfilling other conditions such as computer labs and adequate staff.
The board also decided that employees who joined after January 1, 2004, and are not eligible for pension can avail it by contributing towards the General Provident Fund and the Central Provident Fund.
Director general, school education (DGSE), Punjab, Kahan Singh Pannu was also present at the meeting.