Quiet start to exams
Ranchi/Jamshedpur: Missing camera vigil notwithstanding, matriculation and intermediate examinations began on an uneventful note across urban centres on Thursday perhaps because the number of examinees was less.
In the capital area, only 1,508 Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) candidates took their optional music (matriculation and intermediate) and geology (only intermediate) papers at 22 out of the 97 designated venues.
Principal of Ranchi zilla school Narendra Mishra said 12 intermediate examinees appeared for their geology paper at his centre and there was no dispute or malpractice. At Ursline Intermediate College and St Aloysius School on Purulia Road, six and 13 candidates, respectively, appeared for the geology exam in the second half.
"The geology paper was easy. I answered all questions," said Situ Kumar, an examinee at the zilla school.
Sagufta Parveen, another intermediate candidate didn't appear to be equally happy. "I am not satisfied with all my answers," she said.
District education officer Ratan Kumar Mahavar said installation of CCTV cameras continued on Thursday. "So far, 325 cameras have been installed at more than 30 centres. Main papers will start from Monday, when 35,000 examinees will throng venues. We hope to finish work by then," he added.
In Dhanbad, 44 examinees took the matric paper at one venue, Kumardubi high school, while 868 appeared for intermediate at 20 centres.
In Jamshedpur area, there were no takers for music in matriculation across 71 centres. Intermediate candidates were also limited in both music and geology.
The Graduate School College for Women in Sakchi had eight appearing for music while there was one examinee each at Karim City College, Syama Prasad Mookerjee College in Parsudih and JC High School in Ghatshila.
Jamshedpur Workers' College had one taker for the geology paper.
Education officer of East Singhbhum R.K.P. Singh said CCTV cameras would be installed at 16 out of 97 venues by Thursday night. "Work will continue tomorrow (Friday) and after that too till surveillance is thorough," he added.