Cuttack, Feb. 22: The state government today took stock of the arrangements made for the annual high school certificate examinations starting from February 25.
Attending the review meeting at the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) office here, secretary of school and mass education Usha Padhee told centre superintendents and exam officials that stern action would be taken against them in case of any malpractice.
As many as 135 squads — including 50 central, 74 district and 11 zonal squads — have been formed to conduct a free and fair examination.
“We have already instructed squad members to ensure that no innocent student is harassed. Stern action will be taken against officials found indulging in malpractice at their respective centres,” Padhee said.
The BSE is taking necessary measures for the security of question paper-cum-answer booklets that would be used for the first time in matriculation exams. Nearly six lakh students will appear for the exams at 2,095 centres across the state.
Around 18 police stations in remote and Maoist-affected areas have also been converted into nodal centres to store confidential examination material.
A control room will be set up to initiate timely action towards the protection of squad officials, who are often targeted at various parts during the conduct of the examinations.
“Considering past experiences, where squad officials have been attacked during inspection, we have asked the concerned authorities in every district to provide adequate security to the squad members,” Padhee said.
Board officials said that collectors and superintendents of police of various districts had been asked to ensure that there was no congregation within 200-metre radius of the exam centres.
“We have already despatched question paper-cum-answer booklets to the respective nodal centres for the first four sittings. The confidential material for other four subjects will be sent in phases from tomorrow,” said BSE president Dakshya Prasad Nanda, adding that the board had marked few centres as sensitive.