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HS exam begins amidst chaos

HIGH SCHOOL examinations began in the district amidst chaos and confusion today. On the very first day, students were found searching for their examination centres and classrooms.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 15:48 IST

HIGH SCHOOL examinations began in the district amidst chaos and confusion today. On the very first day, students were found searching for their examination centres and classrooms.

To top it all, a blunder committed by Higher Secondary Board officials in Bhopal resulted in 312 correspondence course students getting entry into an examination centre only at 10.30 am and their exam began at 11.45 am.

After the Higher Secondary and university examinations that began yesterday, it was the turn of the 10th board exams today. The situation on the first day of the 12thboard exam was also not very satisfactory, but the commotion created today exposed the hollowness of the tall claims of preparation and efforts put in by the Board. A total of 31,842 regular and 6,728 private/ correspondence students are appearing for the exam in 188 centres all over the division.

The biggest bungle occurred at RMB Gujarati School, which had been made centre number seven for conducting 10th board exams. University exams were also being held here. In the morning when correspondence course students of standard-X arrived at the centre mentioned in their admission card they were shocked to find their roll numbers not listed on the board showing the sitting arrangement.

Not having received any instructions in the matter from the board, the school authorities stopped entry of the students at the gate, leading to protests by the parents and their wards.

The regional board office came to know of this gaffe at around 10.30 am and the local staff headed by Regional Officer Anand Jain, administrative staff headed by SDM P S Bagga, Zila Panchayat CEO Ashutosh Awasthi and heavy police force of the Chhoti Gwaltoli police headed by TI DK Jain arrived on the spot to diffuse the situation. Anand Jain called up the board office at Bhopal and sought advice. Acting on the advice, two halls were opened and the students accommodated therein.

The halls, however, had no furniture and the students were made to sit on mats laid on the floor and in the absence of a proper writing table were given hard bound covers torn from chemistry practical books on which to write upon. As the school had no prior intimation, it had no arrangement for extra answer sheets and question papers and these had to be gathered from other centres - the whole exercise taking 1.5 hours. Because of this the question papers could be distributed only around 11.45 am.

Admitting the mistake of the board, Anand Jain said that some confusion had occurred at Bhopal because of which complete list of roll numbers meant for this centre had not arrived. An inquiry had been initiated into the matter.

Countering the allegation of easy cheating opportunity being offered due to the sitting arrangement, he said a large number of persons had been deputed on invigilation duty and board officials accompanied by flaying squad would take rounds inside,
with the police maintaining a tight vigil on the outside. He also admitted to delay in issue of roll numbers in some instances and agreed that about 10 handwritten roll numbers had been issued by the regional board office a day before the examinations, yesterday.

In another major embarrassment for the board, 500 students reaching Nutan Girls School were told that the centre had been shifted to Sharda Girls School. In the confusion created thus many students were seen crying at both centres. In both above cases students were given full three hours plus the 15-minute extra time started from this year by the board calculated from the time their examination actually began.

Cheating reduced
THE STRICTNESS of the various exam-conducting authorities brought a definite reduction in the number of cheating cases.
While only two cases of cheating were registered yesterday in the university examinations being conducted by the Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya at the State’s biggest government college Government Arts and Commerce College (GACC), three were registered today.

The three flying squads appointed by the university remained active at 64 centres in the district. The 19 superintendents appointed for monitoring the exams maintained a strict vigil in their centres.

Similarly, flying squads appointed by Higher Secondary Board and a 35-member group appointed by the District Collector visited examination centres and registered one case of cheating. District Education Officer (DEO) Purushottam Pandey visited Rajendra Nagar, Rau and Bijalpur High Schools.

Another gaffe
THE MISTAKE of Higher Secondary Board was not limited to issuing wrong roll numbers and examination centres, it also appointed teachers on duty for both Higher Secondary and High School exams.

The 12th and 10th board exams would be held one after another and it is evident that one teacher can not give duty on all days, as he needs a respite provided in the one day gap kept for the specific purpose of giving rest to both the student and the staff. A few such cases have reached the regional board office for redressal.

Vandana Sharma of Primary School 133, Madhu Naidu of Primary School 97, Kiran Gore of Primary School 42 and Om Prakash Malviya of Primary School 41 were such cases.