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Bar on phones in exam halls

Invigilators and teachers playing guards during matriculation and intermediate examinations will not be allowed to carry mobile phones inside the test centres.

This decision, along with a host of others, was taken at a meeting chaired by Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer Subodh Kumar on Thursday. Around 20 principals of intermediate colleges and 50 superintendents of matriculation exam centres attended the meeting to discuss about their needs and dos and don’ts, especially for teachers.

The meeting took place at SDO’s office. District education officer (DEO) Ashok Kumar Sharma was also present.

Both matriculation and intermediate examinations will begin on February 22. In all, 26,502 students will be appearing for matriculation examination in 68 centres and 21,439 candidates will write the intermediate test in 24 centres.

“The meeting mainly discussed the requirements of various centres with particular stress on desks, benches and invigilators so that students don’t face any difficulty while appearing for exams. We have been strictly asked not to allow cellphones on the campuses and the rule applies to students and teachers alike,” said Awanindra Singh, centre superintendent of BPM High School, Burmamines.

Many schools are learnt to have sought adequate number of invigilators at the meeting while several others asked for benches so that students are comfortable while writing the exams. It was also decided that all invigilators would have to sign a declaration, vouching for transparency. Besides, they will have to wear ID cards during the entire duration of the exams.

Students have also been barred from carrying cell phones inside the exam halls. If any student is found to flout the norm, the handsets will be confiscated and kept with security officials.

Adequate number of policemen will be deputed at each centre while a patrolling officer will be made in-charge of three centres.

“Our objective is to ensure foolproof transparency and zero glitches. So, we had called the centre superintendents and principals of various colleges to clarify their doubts and discuss infrastructure-related problems,” said Kumar.