Buoyed by the success of conducting Class 10 and 12 board examinations in a hassle-free manner, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has planned a few more new initiatives to make the examination system absolutely foolproof from next year.
Students of an educational institution will now be sent to different examination centres. At present, all students of one institution are sent to same centre. Besides, it has also decided to reintroduce the system of multiple sets of question papers, which was discontinued last year.
The decisions were taken at the recent examination board meeting, which also deliberated on the proposal to hike examination fee in the wake of new technological requirements and rising costs.
Confirming this, BSEB chairman Anand Kishor said from next year, students from one college could be divided among 8-10 exam centres, in close vicinity of their institution, to stop any attempt to “manage exam centres”. At present, all students from one school or college are allotted one exam centre.
“In the past, there had been allegations of some influential people trying to manage centres. There were also reports of unrealistically brilliant results by some unheard-of private colleges. With students of any one college divided among 10 centres, that possibility will be completely removed,” he added.
“The board’s new move of multiple centres for students from the same institution would put a lid on all kinds of malpractices. There will be no room for centre management,” said Kishor, adding that students were by and large happy with clean exams.
Further, students in the same examination hall would get four different sets of question papers — a concept introduced by the board as early as in 2008, but discontinued last year. “This will further reduce chances of unfair means,” said another board official.
Kishore said focus was now on evaluation, post-examination. “With bar coding, the evaluation process will be absolutely clean, as examiners would not know the origin of answerbooks, let alone the precise centres or place, contrary to the earlier practice when unscrupulous elements, in connivance with some board staff, knew the exact location of all copies,” he added.
The tight examination measures may result in a decline of pass percentage. A senior official said schools would have to be made more accountable to ensure that students get proper education and the government, on its part, should deploy adequate number of qualified teachers for the task.