IN A significant verdict that may mean embarrassment to the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government, the Allahabad High Court on Friday quashed the self-centre examination system in the high school and intermediate examinations, conducted by the Board of High School and Intermediate Education.
The court directed that henceforth these examinations would be held in accordance with the old system, which provided that all examinations centres should be within the radius of eight km from the schools where the students were studying.
It may be recalled that the self-centre system, for which the Mulayam regime (it once even introduced open book exam system) has shown its special love, was first introduced in the State in 1991-92. It was later withdrawn. It staged a comeback as soon as Mulayam took the reins of power. Since then, thrice high school and inter examinations had been conducted under this system.
The court also directed that only students with 75 per cent attendance in their respective schools may be permitted to take their respective examinations.
Passing this directive, Justice SN Srivastava observed, “Self-examination centre goes against the public policy and erodes the very foundation of education system and affects the intellectuals and future of the country. This system has been exploited by anti-social elements as they are deeply involved in mass copying or other unfair means’’.
The court passed this verdict on a writ petition (no7339 of 2006) and others filed by Committee of Management of Mohan Singh Inter College, Mathura district.
To ensure smooth functioning of examinations, the court directed the state government to constitute a Board in terms of Intermediate Education Act expeditiously. Besides, the court also directed to post a regular secretary of the Board, who was acquainted with the working of the Board.
However, the court said that in case no such official was available, Brij Mohan Meena, secretary Prashshnik Sudhar, may be assigned the additional charge of education secretary till completion of ensuing Board examination. The court further directed that examination centres shall be established at places abutting the road and that the state government shall also take all effective measures for smooth conduct of examinations, free from all kinds of disturbance created by anti social elements and educational mafias.
The court directed to list this case on January 21, 2007 for evaluation of the progress made.