SSC/HSC exams: Background checks of all will be done to avoid paper leaks

Mumbai: For the first time, every person who has access to the exam room where sealed question papers of board examinations are kept before the tenth and twelfth boards, will undergo a background verification. This includes all teachers, examiners and non-teaching staff and they will also not be allowed to carry mobile phones inside this room.

In an attempt to avoid any paper leaks this time round, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has tightened their precautionary measures. The board chief clarified, every year they have targeted only the students, since they are suspected to be the moles for paper leaks. However this time, the state board has also barred teachers, supervisors and non-teaching staff from using mobile phones or cameras in the examination centres.

This background verification will include whether the people have any past record of being involved in any kind of crime or paper leak in the past. A senior officer of MSBSHSE, Mumbai division, said, “We have initiated new rules because images of question papers were circulated just before the examination last year. This indicates this is being done by people other than the students. We want to prevent these acts of cheating and warn all staff involved in the examination process to be aware of the consequences.”

Last year, a principal of a Mumbra-based school was arrested after being involved in a Class 10 paper leak. Moreover, 36 students were debarred for two examinations after being held for copying and cheating. This year, students have been warned by the state board not to indulge in any such activities.

Authorities of schools and junior colleges revealed, they want to conduct an error-free examination this year. A principal of a western suburban school and junior college, said, “We have instructed and trained all our staff to be aware and not to be involved in any kind of malpractice during the examinations. We are also open to the background checks as long as it does not clash with the examination time.”

The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination will be conducted from February 21 to March 20. While, the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination will be conducted from March 1 to March 22, 2019.

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