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Board exams: Capital not yet fully prepared

PREPARATION WORK for the forthcoming UP Board examination in the State capital leaves much to be desired. Sample this: The exercise of preparing identity card for invigilators on duty during the exam to keep fake invigilators at bay has not yet gained momentum in Lucknow district. Also, a number of centres made for the board examination are sans adequate infrastructure and in a few cases boundary walls are not there.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 00:59 IST

PREPARATION WORK for the forthcoming UP Board examination in the State capital leaves much to be desired. Sample this: The exercise of preparing identity card for invigilators on duty during the exam to keep fake invigilators at bay has not yet gained momentum in Lucknow district. Also, a number of centres made for the board examination are sans adequate infrastructure and in a few cases boundary walls are not there.

The Madhyamik Sikshak Sangh has alleged that in Lucknow district so far not even 20 pc of ID-cards for invigilators has been prepared. According to one estimate, about 7000 invigilators will be required for examination duty to be conducted at 246 centres in the State capital. The initial revelation was that by January 31 it would be completed but the fact remains that things are moving at a snail’s pace.

“Undoubtedly, there is a possibility that like the previous year this year too fake invigilators will make mockery of the sanctity of the examination. To say the least, the intention of the Education Department’s officials is not very clean.

Hence, there is every reason to believe that this year’s examination will be no different. Let’s hope that good sense will prevail and corrective measures will be taken on time,” said RP Mishra, president of the Madhyamik Sikshak Sangh.

But District Inspector of Schools Vikas Srivastava is unfazed and hopes that before the examination commences every thing will be in order. “Since it is for the first time that ID-cards are being made for invigilators, most schools are not well versed with this practice. Some have not sent the requisite documents while others are still to understand what this is all about. And this has caused the delay,” Srivastava explained.

It is also alleged that the Education Department has publicised the names of the centres for the board examination but it has not yet declared as students of which school will take examination at which centre. The teachers’ body allege that this is a cause of concern. But DIOS Srivastava argued that this was never a practice and it had been kept secret for some purpose. However, he assured that this time students would not have to cover long distances to take their examination.

Om Prakash Shasrma, the leader of the Teachers’ group in Vidhan Parishad, alleged that last year there had been a spate of ugly incidents in the State capital wherein questions were dictated through public address system and self-financing schools hired question solvers to help students. “The DIOS must visit schools in advance to see that schools do not indulge into such unhealthy practices,” he said.

The Teachers’ body is apprehensive that with the absence of Umesh Tripathi from the scene—who hogged limelight last year when he cracked down on those school resorting to malpractices—it cannot be said with certainty whether the Education Department will uphold the sanctity of the examination.


First Published: Jan 30, 2006 00:59 IST