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UP board exams begin today under police, CCTV vigil

Lakhs of students appeared for the UP Board’s high school and intermediate examinations on Tuesday as Uttar Pradesh police’s special task force and CCTV cameras kept a vigil to put a check on rampant copying during the state-run tests.

education Updated: Feb 06, 2018 18:26 IST
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Students appear in the Class 12 examination of Uttar Pradesh Board at an examination centre in Moradabad on Tuesday.
Students appear in the Class 12 examination of Uttar Pradesh Board at an examination centre in Moradabad on Tuesday. (PTI)

Lakhs of students appeared for the UP Board’s high school and intermediate examinations on Tuesday as Uttar Pradesh police’s special task force and CCTV cameras kept a vigil to put a check on rampant copying during the state-run tests.

The state government has sought the help of the task force in all the 50 districts that have been identified as sensitive by the Board this year.

“The 2018 examination of UP Board is a historic episode in the Board’s over nine decades of existence. Never such a wide scale monitoring was put in place and it shows the will of the government to hold free and fair examinations,” Lal Mani Dwivedi, state general secretary of Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh, said.

More than 67,29,500 students are registered for the UP Board’s high school and intermediate examinations from 25,896 schools affiliated to it. As many as 37,12,500 students are registered for high school and 30,17,032 are set to take the intermediate exams.

In Lucknow, 1,06,424 examinees are registered to take the exam at 136 centres, of which 17 are marked as very sensitive and 24 as sensitive.

DIoS (Lucknow) Mukesh Kumar Singh said over 5,600 invigilators will be engaged to supervise the exams in the state capital alone.

Singh said if students forget to bring their admit card, they will be allowed to appear in the exam after invigilators verify their identity and undertaking. If a candidate is not allowed to appear in the exam for want of admit card, FIR will be lodged against invigilators and centre in-charge.

The exams will be conducted at 8,057 centres in 75 districts of the state in two shifts – between 7.30am and 10.45am and 2pm to 5.15pm.

On Tuesday, home science exam was held for high school students in the morning shift and intermediate students wrote the Hindi (I) paper in the morning shift and General Hindi (I) in the afternoon.

Both the shifts began 30 minutes before the scheduled time to enable students to locate their seats.

Surendra Kumar Srivastava, a teacher, praised the state government for the measures it has taken to ensure free and fair exams.

“The exams, which witnessed the rampant use of unfair means in previous years, are set for a major change. The pass percentage in both high school and intermediate exams is expected to dive sharply this year due to strict anti-copying measures,” he said.