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JAC glare on cheating during board exams

Special flying squads will keep malpractice at bay during the matriculation and intermediate examinations conducted by Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC), which get underway from Friday.

As many as 27 teams comprising 59 officials have been formed to conduct surprise checks during the examinations. JAC chairperson Anand Bhushan said although the respective district administrations and education department officials will be responsible for smooth conduct of the examinations, the council on its behalf had also constituted its own crack teams.

“Not only students, but each and every person involved with the process at every centre during the period will be under the scanner. As these exams are important events in a student’s life, the council is fully prepared to ensure smooth and fair conduct of the same,” said Bhushan, adding that question papers and answer books had already been despatched to the centres.

This year, as many as 4,72,597 candidates will appear for the matriculation exam, while 2,81,797 will take the intermediate exam. Of the 847 centres around the state, Ranchi boasts 106, followed by East Singhhum (68), Bokaro (58) and Hazaribagh (54). Simdega has the least number of centres with 11.

Commenting on the ongoing strike by non-teaching employees of colleges in the state, Bhushan said “it was the responsibility of society as a whole to create a good environment for students during the exams”.

For the JAC chairperson, the twin examinations would be a litmus test of sorts. He took charge of the council last year, and till then, JAC was in the news for all the wrong reasons during examinations with issues ranging from dual registration to out of syllabus questions to lapses in evaluation.

Bhushan maintained that every effort had been made to streamline the examination process this year.

“We are introducing optical mark recognition (OMR) sheets from this year. We have changed some question format and those model question papers have been given to schools and colleges beforehand. Stringent measures are also in place to crackdown on dual registration. Anyone found during or after exams appearing from two or more boards will be barred for ever,” said Bhushan.

Meanwhile, JAC also held a board meeting on Wednesday to discuss ways to further upgrade education in the state. The council was in the process of proposing changes soon.

“We will propose that in classes IX and XI, courses related to nationalism and moral sciences be introduced. No exams will be conducted for them, but studies should be made mandatory,” Bhushan said.

He added that there were plans to introduce OMR sheets for registration to lessen scope of errors and include 10 per cent marks of classes IX and XI in matric and intermediate so that students take these exams seriously.

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