The Bihar government has made district magistrates (DMs) and superintendents of police (SPs) responsible for free and fair conduct of the state board’s Class 10 (matriculation) examinations beginning Wednesday.
State chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh told divisional commissioners, inspector generals, deputy inspector generals, DMs, SPs and district education officers through video conferencing that the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) had adopted zero tolerance policy against use of unfair means. It would be the responsibility of the DMs and SPs to check unfair practices during the Class 10 examinations, he said.
Lauding the role of all officials concerned for successfully conducting the BSEB’s Class 12 (intermediate) examination in a “fair manner”, Singh said: “it is now the time to repeat the feat in the Class10 examinations”.
About 17.71 lakh candidates will take the Class 10 exams at 1,506 centres across the state from March 1 to 8. More than 12 lakh students had written the Class 12 exams at 1274 centres that concluded on February 25. The tight security measures adopted by the state government saw many centres in-charges facing the axe and over 1750 students being expelled for use of unfair means in the Class 12 exams.
Singh asked the DMs and SPs to suspend officials found guilty of compromising the sanctity of the exams.
The chief secretary asked the officials concerned to arrange CCTV cameras and conduct videography at all the centres and review preparations for the exams.
Director general of police (DGP) PK Thakur asked the SPs to deploy sufficient police force at the centres to check the use of unfair means and maintain law and order.
BSEB chairman Anand Kishor, RK Mahajan, principal secretary, education department, and BSEB secretary Anup Kumar Sinha were present on the occasion.