Ahead of board exams season, Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has decided to take stringent action against cheating and other malpractices. In the upcoming Class 10 & 12 board examinations, any student found using unfair means, a penalty of 20,000 rupees will be imposed on him/her. And if any guardian abet this, he/she will meet with punishment as well and the government has the right to send them to jail for violating Section 144.
Every year several cases of cheating during board examination are reported in Bihar. Last year when incident of cheating in Vaishali district went viral in public media as well as in social media, it put shame to the education department of State. Parents, friends, family members were found to support their wards by climbing three to four storey buildings. In Vaishali a total of 81 students were expelled and 161 helpers and parents were arrested. Surprise came when one person was also nabbed from exam duty when he was helping in copying.
Taking into consideration the students’ welfare in long term and to efface the negative image of Bihar, BSEB chairman Lal Keshwar Prasad Singh said that the board has decided to take strict measures to conduct exam in a disciplined manner in Bihar from this year. “We have decided to impose a fine of Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 20,000 on students found using unfair means,” he said.
Earlier it was the rule to debar student for one year if found guilty. Facing the adverse situation of mass cheating, it has been decided that students found cheating would be expelled for three years.
For any kind of discrepancy between main authority and sub-level authority, the education department of Bihar has also decided to install CCTV cameras and ordering videography and live webcasting of examination centre, so it would be able to manage all the centres. Also to create hassle-free environment, additional security force would be deployed, which will take care of unfair means done from external environment.
Education department officials reported that nearly 14 lakh students will appear for intermediate exam and around 15 lakh will appear for matriculation exam. Government is all set up for its agenda to make exam cheating free and add some value to the state.