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Flying squads don?t book copycats

CALL IT lack of will power on the part of the education department officials or the fear of getting punished by the top brass in the government, all the six flying squads entrusted with the task of supervising the smooth conduct of the UP Board examination are restraining themselves from taking action against any school in the district.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 01:46 IST

CALL IT lack of will power on the part of the education department officials or the fear of getting punished by the top brass in the government, all the six flying squads entrusted with the task of supervising the smooth conduct of the UP Board examination are restraining themselves from taking action against any school in the district.

This is in sharp contrast to last year’s massive campaign carried out by DIOS II Umesh Tripathi against the copying mafia. He busted the organised copying racket that was prevalent in the system and blacklisted atleast 20 examination centres and recommended that in future, examinations should not be conducted there.

His campaign against the copying mafia earned him fame and showcased the department in the right perspective among the masses. But within three weeks of the beginning of the examination, the education department unceremoniously transferred Tripathi from Lucknow.

The memory is still fresh in the mind of the officials who are reluctant this year about taking action against the schools despite the fact that largescale copying is taking place. For instance, an examinees was caught using his cell phone, yet he was not booked for using unfair means.

At another examination centre in Chandganj locality, a member of the flying squad saw a public address system in the centre but quietly ignored it, not even directing the centre incharge to remove it. However, last year Tripathi debarred one such centre as the public address system was not removed.

It is sheer lack of will power that so far not even 50 examinees have been caught copying during the Board examinations in the district even after seven days of the examination. Office-bearers of Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh have alleged that when the officials are themselves involved in the anomalies, then how can they initiate action against the erring school owners.