JKBOSE : Board papers to be kept in police stations

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JAMMU: The J&K Board of School Education is going to continue with the practice of keeping the question papers for the upcoming annual board exams of Class X and XII of the summer zone (Jammu division) at police stations.
The initiative was taken by the school education board last year after alleged incidents of copying at some exam centres in the past.
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The superintendents of the examination centres will have to collect the papers from the police station concerned hours before the exam.
“The leaking of question papers at some examination centres is a major concern which has often raised questions over the arrangements made by the school board in conducting fair examinations. After the practice was introduced by BOSE to keep questions papers in police stations last year, the cases of copying have come down,” an official claimed.
BOSE chairperson Veena Pandita said: “Yes, the process will be followed this year too to ensure that the question papers are not leaked.”
She further said the date for the annual exams would be issued soon. “The process is in its final stage. Hopefully, the date sheet will be out in a week,” Pandita said.
When asked whether there was any proposal to install CCTV cameras at the exam centres, she said: “The proposal is under consideration of the department but it will take some time. At present, we are in the process of finalising arrangements to ensure smooth examinations at all centres across the division.”
Last year, 518 centres were set up by BOSE across the Jammu region for Class X exams. Over 50,000 students had appeared in the annual board exams. More than 42,000 students Class XII students had appeared in the exams at 276 centres in the Jammu region last year.