With less than a week left for the board exams, a unique painting campaign is underway in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district to create awareness among parents and students against copying.
Several cheating cases were reported from across the district, especially the rural parts, last year. This year the class 10 and 12 board exams, beginning from March 1, will be held at 92 centres in the district and at least 42 have been earmarked as highly sensitive and 38 sensitive.
Under the campaign, the Bhind administration is organising painting competitions for students from Classes 3-12 on how using unfair means at exams could spoil their future.
“We are asking students to draw their imagination of future and how cheating will effect it,” said collector Illayaraja T. The paintings are then put up across the villages, especially near the board exam centres, he said.
The pictures, district officials said, act as a reminder how by allowing or helping students cheat -- passing chits or books through windows, etc -- during exams, the villagers were actually harming their own children.
“We chose (to launch a) painting competition, as colourful paintings could teach illiterate villagers (what counselling cannot)… We are getting a very good response,” the collector said.
The campaign was launched on February 1 and so far the administration has covered 78 centres, including several highly sensitive ones.
The administration is also repairing window panes of the exam centres and fitting them with nets to ensure that cheating material did not reach inside exam hall.
“We are also organising meetings at different villages to make people aware about the punishment for copying or helping one cheat,” said superintendent of police Navneet Bhasin.
“Other than this, nobody will be allowed to roam around or park their vehicles within 200-metres of an exam centre. Police will also be deployed at the centres to check any untoward incident,” said the SP.