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HS noise knock on state door

The state Higher Secondary council has appealed to the administration to enforce the ban on the use of loudspeakers during the school-leaving exams that start on Wednesday and will continue till March 28.

The council has approached the administration with the appeal as the exams will be held in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, which witnesses rampant use of loudspeakers by political parties in campaign mode.

The high court has ruled that loudspeakers cannot be used in the open from three days before a board exam starts till the day it ends. In enclosed spaces, however, loudspeakers can be used at low volume.

Calcutta police had issued a notification last month directing political parties to adhere to the noise norms.

“Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has urged parties to exercise caution. We are requesting the administration to ensure that the restriction is strictly imposed,” said Mahua Das, the president of the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education.

Council officials said isolated cases of violation of noise norms were reported from Burdwan and some other districts during Madhyamik. “Therefore, we are reminding the administration to remain watchful,” said a council official.

In all 8,02,356 candidates will write the Higher Secondary exams at 1,928 venues across the state. Compared with last year, the number of examinees has increased by 54,649.

The council has opened five control rooms to oversee the exams. The control room number are

  • Central control room: 033-23374945
  • North Bengal regional control room: 0353-2582097
  • Midnapore regional control room: 0322-276318
  • Burdwan regional control room: 0342-2544720
  • Calcutta regional control room: 23343993/23347215

The council has announced three helplines that will be functional 24x7 during the duration of the HS. The numbers are

  • Council secretary Subrata Ghosh: 9674434422
  • Deputy secretary (exams) Malay Roy: 9432440244
  • Council superintendent Tapas Mukherjee: 9433094021.

CCTV cameras will be installed at over 100 “sensitive” exam venues.

“Results of the students caught cheating on CCTV cameras will be withheld,” said a council official.

Malda has the highest number of sensitive venues — 29 — followed by Calcutta (28).

The council has also approached the administration for uninterrupted supply of power and hassle-free transport during the exams.

The Class XI annual exams, too, start on Wednesday and end on March 29.