CCTV cameras have been installed at all examination centres, while flying squads have been formed, comprising police and other officials to maintain decorrum.
While 3.48 lakh students are registered to appear in High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination, 9,707 candidates will take the Assam High Madrassa examination.
Respective district administrations and superintendents of police are in touch with the district examination committees for smooth conduct of the exams. The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba) drew flak for some goof-ups in the last few years, including question paper leaks on WhatsApp.
“There has been an increase of about 6,000 candidates in the Class X Assam board this year. The instructions for students were put up in the examination centres three days prior to the exams. We have taken several measures this year to reduce chances of anomalies at the centres, including prohibition of mobile phones or electronic device inside the centres by students as well as invigilators. Besides, the question paper bundles have to be opened in the exam halls in front of two students as witnesses,” Seba secretary Suranjana Senapati said on Sunday.
Despite a controversy in central Assam’s Hojai district recently, after the exam authority issued orders barring students from entering the exam centres in jackets, Senapati clarified that no decision on the dress code of students has been taken by Seba. “We have not imposed any dress code, but the officials have been asked to check students to ensure no prohibited item is allowed,” she said.
Though Seba has recently decided to bar Class X board examinees found involved in cheating from appearing in the exam for two consecutive years in addition to the year of expulsion, a three-member committee under the secondary education department has been appointed to fix the quantum of punishment for malpractices, if any candidate is caught cheating.