Media, expecting to grab TRP-enhancing visuals, has been kept away from entering examination centres, as the intermediate exams got underway across Bihar today.
A direction to this effect has been issued to all magistrates, policemen and centre superintendents by Bihar School Examination Board secretary Anup Kumar Sinha. Earlier, the district magistrates and superintendents of police (SPs) in all the districts were apprised of it.
It was the media that had exposed mass cheating in matriculation in 2015. The viral pictures had caused huge embarrassment to the state government in the election year.
A year later, it was again media that exposed the ‘toppers’ truth’, which caused another big embarrassment to the state and led to the arrest of the Bihar board top brass.
However, this time, the board seems to be taking all precautions to prevent any goof-up, though chaos at some places over admit card distribution has already caused jitters.
In the light of cheating and toppers’ scam for two successive years, the board has taken a number of steps to stem the rot with digitisation and linking of Aadhaar card number of students with their examination forms to avoid duplication.
“However, the biggest thing is how many days a year classes have been held to complete the syllabus in schools and colleges. Perhaps, that would be the best way to resurrect the image,” said a school principal in Patna, adding for everything and anything, it is the government schools that bear the brunt.
A board official, however, clarified that the BSEB is just an examining body and it has made arrangements for peaceful conduct of exams.