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Registration for UP Board’s 2019 HS, inter exams fall by 10 lakh

In a possible fallout of strict anti-copying measures introduced in high school and intermediate examinations conducted by UP Board and state government this year, registrations for 2019 examinations have witnessed a sharp fall of about 10 lakh students as compared to last year.

lucknow Updated: Aug 24, 2018 12:39 IST
K Sandeep Kumar
K Sandeep Kumar
Hindustan Times, Allahabad
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UP Board had set August 20 as the last date for registrations.(HT Photo)

In a possible fallout of strict anti-copying measures introduced in high school and intermediate examinations conducted by UP Board and state government this year, registrations for 2019 examinations have witnessed a sharp fall of about 10 lakh students as compared to last year.

Though the officials were reluctant to share the exact figures as they would upload the details online by August 25, they conceded that around 56.46 lakh students, including 31.56 lakh for high school and 24.90 lakh for intermediate, have registered against 66.39 lakh candidates last year.

Last year, 36,56,272 students had registered for high school and 29,82,996 for intermediate examination.

UP Board had set August 20 as the last date for registrations.

Additional secretary (administration), UP Board, Shivlal (goes by his first name) said he would be able to give the exact number of registrations for high school and intermediate board examinations-2019 only by August 25.

Last year, about 30,50,998 students of class 9 and 23,61,494 of class 11 had registered online with the Board which shows that around 1 lakh students of high school and 1.25 lakh of intermediate who skipped the Board examinations this year have registered again for 2019 examinations.

Officials said on condition of anonymity that strict measures undertaken to check the use of unfair means and making Aadhaar card mandatory for candidates could be the reason behind the drop in registration for 2019 Board examinations.

The UP Board and the state government had conducted the examinations last year with strictness. The authorities cracked down hard on copying mafia and corrupt officials at examination centres and booked many people under the Anti-Copying Act. Over 11 lakh candidates skipped the examinations midway.

The measures to check copying included allotment of examination centres through online process, taking help of STF in conducting examinations, posting armed police personnel at centres and making only those schools examination centres which had CCTV cameras in its classes and halls.

This time, the UP Board has proposed to include even voice recorders in CCTV cameras. Board officials believe voice recorders would help them curb the practice of answers being read out to students which is a common mode of mass copying. Earlier, if a person reading out the answers stayed away from the range of CCTV, it was not possible to detect mass copying.

First Published: Aug 24, 2018 12:39 IST