After a bad history of leaked papers, Karnataka PUE (Pre-University Education) Department has finally taken steps this year to ensure that the papers are not leaked. Last year during the month of March, the Chemistry examination paper was leaked twice during the II Pre-University Examination. To ensure that the papers have no chance of getting into the wrong hands and getting leaked for money, the Karnataka Government has taken commendable measures.
While, previously the papers were given to the respective Taluk centers on the evening of the examinations, and were taken to the examination centers from there on under the supervision of certain Taluk officers, this year it is not so. This year the examination papers are planned to be delivered directly to the examination centers by the district treasury on the morning of the examination, hence cutting the middle man, the Taluk Centre. The method that was employed previously allowed a few hours for the papers to be leaked and circulated amongst the masses easily, however, the new system aims to leave no loophole in the exam question paper delivery system.
ExamsWatch had reported the leak of papers last year in the state of Karnataka for the Pre-University exams and had also mentioned about the exams to be re-conducted on the 12th April 2016. Nearly 1.74 lakh students had to appear for the rescheduled exam and the case of leaked papers was handled by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Also in the procedure, 40 respected officials were immediately suspended upon the suspicion of leaking the papers.
In order for the exams to be conducted in a transparent manner between the board and the students, the distribution of papers to Taluk centers has been totally avoided. Officials reportedly found that the Taluk centers were places of a severe vulnerability in order for the exam papers to be leaked, hence, the steps were taken. Other measures to ensure that there was no chance of cheating in the examination included the director of DPUE ordering installation of CCTV cameras in the examination halls.
The examination invigilators are also to be chosen carefully and the director confirmed that the particular teacher responsible for teaching the subject of exam shall not be participating as an invigilator on the day of the exam. The director further added that “High school teachers, and arts and commerce lecturers will be assigned invigilation duties for science examinations.”