Committee to find solution to curb paper leak in Board examinations

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 May 2017 08:43:01

Principal Correspondent,

Taking serious cognisance of question papers of Board examinations got leaked on social media, Department of Education of Maharashtra has constituted a committee to curb such incidents in future.

Around five papers of the examination conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education have allegedly been leaked in last week on social messaging app WhatsApp. Maharashtra’s Education Minister Vinod Tawde has immediately asked State Board to constitute committee which is expected to suggest remedy to curb paper leakage.

The committee will be headed by Education Commissioner. It will have Commissioner of Police of Mumbai; Special Inspector General of Police, Cyber cell; Secretary of Maharashtra Public Service Commission; Director of Education (Secondary and Higher Secondary); Representative of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE); Commissioner of Maharashtra State Council for Examination as its members. Chairman of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education will be the Member Secretary.

State Education Board conducts two examinations-- SSC and HSC every year. These examinations give directions to the life of students. Many students study with devotion. Any unfair means be it in the form of act of copying or paper leak spoil the morale of honest and hard-working students. This is not good for the country, pointed out Tawde.

State Government is implementing a planned and comprehensive ‘fight against unfair means’ action programme throughout the State. It has helped in reducing the ill-elements in examination. It has also helped in bringing positive change in various exam-related components. The cases of malpractices this year includes students involved in copying as well as exam supervisors allegedly assisting with the cheating. The board’s campaign of malpractices and copy free board examinations has helped bring down copying cases to a large extent.

Tawde said, “Since such cases were noticed we felt the need of curbing such acts. Preventing such acts is very important in the sense that we feel that it would help in creating competent generation and restoring faith of the common public on exam system.”