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Video scan on examinees

The Madhyamik board will video events in and around “sensitive” examination centres this year to stop students from cheating.

Chaitali Dutta, the president of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, told Metro that the camera crew would show up at centres unannounced along with representatives of the board and record footage both inside examination halls and outside the premises.

The board has so far declared 100 centres across Calcutta, Malda, Murshidabad, Bankura and Purulia as “sensitive” on the basis of complaints of mass cheating. Some of these would be put under video surveillance.

“Usually, outsiders sneak into examination centres with chits of paper containing answers. They keep the chits in the toilets and examinees collect the chits from there,” said a board official.

According to him, outsiders sometimes scale boundary walls and hurl balls of paper containing answers into examination halls and force invigilators to allow them to enter the premises.

Even guardians are known to barge into the centres. “We have asked police to enforce Section 144 at the sensitive centres and asked them to prevent the entry of outsiders into the premises,” said board secretary Shanti Prasad Sinha.

The corridors and the entrances to the centres would also be brought under video surveillance to keep an eye on outsiders, said Dutta.

“We are finalising the centres where the camera crew will visit. The crew will be chosen carefully to ensure that they do their job without hampering the exam,” she added.

The board has also barred examinees from carrying cellphones into halls.

Madhyamik will be held at 20,000 centres across the state this year.