Dhubri, Jan. 8: Dhubri district identified nine sensitive and three hyper-sensitive examination centres, including those along Assam-Bangladesh border, where examinees could get help to cheat during the ensuing matric examinations.
In order to conduct free and fair HSLC examination this time, Dhubri inspector of schools Abdul Kayum Al-Amin had sent the list of hyper-sensitive and sensitive centres of the district to the state education department.
A source said the list of sensitive and hyper-sensitive centres was prepared where rampant cheating was carried out by the students appearing for the examination allegedly in connivance with the teaching staff.
The list includes some centres, which are located at the border villages, and students and teaching staff of those schools which have strong nexus for their vested interest, source said.
There are 32 examination centres across Dhubri district, including 11 in border villages which are to conduct HSLC examination, but last year’s reports of rampant cheating in several schools had raised eyebrows of guardians and people of the district, a source in the Dhubri education department said.
The source also said the state education department is also planning to set up closed-circuit cameras inside the exam halls to keep the students from adopting any unfair means during the examination.
Amin said after sending the list of sensitive and hyper-sensitive HSLC examination centres to the government, they are now planning to conduct pre-exam meeting of the academic council on January 30 at Dhubri.
“Centre in-charge, principals and headmasters will take part in the academic council meeting where threadbare discussion will be held as how to conduct the exam fairly,” Amin said.
He said they were giving serious thought to discussing the issue with guardians of the students at the centre level and co-operation would be sought from their end to keep this examination clean and conduct it without any incident of cheating.
Amin said the list of sensitive and hyper-sensitive centres would be submitted to all the police stations near the examination centres and the help of the police force might be sought for conducting the exams smoothly.
Altogether 18,560 students will sit for the HSLC examination in 32 centres across Dhubri district, an official source said.