Negligence On Part Of Odisha’s Schools Causing Delay In Finalising Exam Centres

BHUBANESWAR: Exam season is upon us which has brought to fore negligence on part of some schools which is causing delays in the execution of rules that are to be followed for conducting the exam. One such instance of negligence is delay in installation of CCTV cameras in higher secondary schools has hindered finalisation of examination centres for Plus II examination.

The Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) has already announced the schedule of the examination which will be held from March 3 to 28 but is yet to make official announcement of the centres.

CCTVs are mandatory for all the Plus II examination centres against malpractice in Odisha. The decision in this regard was made in 2018.

According to sources, 1,005 out of 1,098 higher secondary schools where the examination was conducted last year, have installed CCTV cameras while more than 90 schools have not submitted their report to the Council on the matter.

For the convenience of students, the CHSE has decided to conduct examination in 25 higher secondary schools and Ekalavya Model schools functioning under ST/SC Development department, apart from tagging 1,098 higher secondary schools as centres. Besides, 213 additional centres have been created for Plus II vocational education examination. Installation of CCTV cameras, however, will be mandatory for the centres for conducting the examination, reports the Indian Express.

“The centres that have failed to report about the status of CCTV installation have been issued notices and asked to comply with the order by next week. If they fail to do so, the institutions will be de-tagged as examination centres and new ones added,” a CHSE official said.

The official further said that there are some schools, which have failed to install cameras, but have not informed the council about their problems. Some schools, which have informed about lack of funds, have been asked to use the development fund which some of the colleges had utilised last year for the task, he added.

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