The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) made an elaborate arrangement to prevent copying during Madhyamik Examinations which is scheduled from February 1.
This year, around 11,53,432 students will appear for the examination. The girl students are comparatively more than boys this time.
There will be surveillance cameras fitted in the examination centres, which have been identified as sensitive one in different districts. The surveillance cameras have been fitted to keep a watch on the examinees to prevent them from copying.
Strict steps will be taken in case anyone is found copying during the examination.
At the same time, there will be restriction on the use of mobile phone at examination centres. The phones will be confiscated if he/she is found carrying them inside the examination hall. Teaching and non-teaching staff too cannot use mobile phone. They have to deposit their mobile phones to the school principal before entering the examination centre. Principals of the schools will have to keep the mobile phones of teaching and non-teaching staff in a sealed box. The phones will be returned only when they are about to the leave the centres.
It may be mentioned that this is not the first time when WBBSE has restricted the use of mobile phones at examination centres. But this time, the board has decided to take strict steps in case anyone is found using mobile phone as there are reports that students use mobile phones for copying during the examination.
Only four senior level officials including the officers-in-charge and supervisors will be allowed to use mobile phones as they will be in constant touch with their respective district administration and top officials of the board.
Some examination centres have been identified as sensitive ones in different parts of the state and necessary steps have been taken to avoid any untoward incident during the examination.
There are around 2,751 examination centres and 49,703 examiners will be taking the examination. The question papers have already reached all the districts and no one will be allowed to come out of an examination centre after opening the packets of question papers. There will also be examination centres at correctional homes. There will be one centre in North Bengal and two others in Kolkata.
Examinees will get question paper at 11.45 am and the answer scripts will be given after 5 minutes. They can start writing right at 12 noon and the examination will end at 3 pm.
The senior officials of the board held a meeting with the top brass of both the Kolkata Police and the state police. Restrictions have been imposed on use of loudspeakers from Friday onward.
CESC, that supplies power to over 29 lakh houses in and around the city, has taken necessary steps to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the examinations.