‘Om’ or ‘786’ on answer copies may debar students

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2016 17:58 IST
Students appearing for their board exams at a school. (HTfile photo/Vidya Subramanian)

The Madhya mik Shiksha Parishad (UP Board) has directed students appearing for high school and intermediate examinations not to put any religious signs or numbers like Om’ and ‘786’ on any part of the answer sheet.

Students violating the directive could be debarred from the examination, the order said. The move is aimed at keeping the religion of the examinees a secret from the examiners.

The board has also directed the examination superintendents to ensure that the examinees did not carry mobile phones and other electronic gadgets which could assist them in copying.

The examinees have been asked to carry original registration card of Class 9 and Class 11 issued to them at the time of taking admission to Class 10 and 12.

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The parishad has also warned the examinees against misbehaviour with examination superintendents and other officials during and post the examination. Any examinee found flouting the directives could be debarred from the current year examination or permanently, the order said.

District inspector of schools Mohammad Ibrahim said, “A foolproof strategy to conduct the examinations peacefully and in a fair manner has been prepared and requirement of district officials for conducting the examination has also be submitted to the district magistrate. 238 examination centres were created in the district, out of which 13 were marked as sensitive.”

About 1.31 lakh examinees would appear in the examination this year from 114 aided and 113 self-financed college centres.

Eleven centres have been created at government colleges, Ibrahim added.

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