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Boards begin March 5, govt officials to keep an eye on cheating students

The Uttarakhand government on Wednesday decided to appoint section magistrates to check students who will be writing their board examinations, from cheating and using wrongful means

dehradun Updated: Jan 31, 2018 21:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand News,board examinations,School Education
Uttarakhand Board of School Education examinations are scheduled between March 5 and 24.(HT File)

The Uttarakhand government on Wednesday decided to appoint section magistrates to check students who will be writing their board examinations, from cheating and using wrongful means.

In letters to district magistrates and commissioners of Garhwal and Kumaon regions, state chief secretary Utpal Kumar has directed the officials to appoint revenue officers as section magistrates for the smooth conduction the Uttarakhand Board of School Education exams scheduled between March 5 and March 24.

The sector magistrate will be responsible for any cheating incident involving people from outside the examination centre, Kumar said in the letter.

Kurmar directed the officials to take action against people found guilty of based on the provisions mentioned in the Uttar Pradesh Public Examinations (Prevention of Unfair Means) Act 1998.

The chief secretary has directed district magistrates and commissioners to divide each district in different sectors, each with not more than 12 examination centres.

Each sector should be inspected by a sector magistrate responsible for the task, Kumar in the letter said. He has also directed officials to hold meetings with the principals and school heads to formulate a plan and devise a management strategy to deter student from resorting to cheating or using wrongful means during the exams.

Kumar has also issued a 24-point guideline to be followed at each examination centre and has directed the district magistrates to ensure that they thwart attempts or incidence of leak of question papers.

The exercise should start at least a week before the examination, Kumar directed officials.

The chief secretary has also directed district magistrates and commissioners to promulgate Section-144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure within 100 m radius of the exams centres and if needed the prohibitory order be extended to other area as well.

Kumar also directed the official to identify sensitive exam centres and deploy adequate security personnel.

In addition, assault on invigilators should be registered as cognizable offence, the chief secretary said. Mobile phones, pager and any other electronic gadgets will be banned inside the examination centres and carrying of weapons inside or around the centre will be banned.

Two police personnel will accompany each invigilator, he said.

Kumar has also directed officials to hold regular meetings with education department officials, police and administration for better coordination during the board exams.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 21:35 IST