JKBOSE goes tough against mass copying in class 10, 12 bi-annual exams

The J&K Board of School Education (BOSE) is unlikely to conduct the re-examination of the papers of class 10 and 12 students cancelled during the bi-annual exams after students resorted to mass copying in the exam centres. The bi-annual exams of these two classes were held in March.

During the exams, students at various exam centres across Kashmir resorted to mass copying in the examination centres which marred the sanctity of the exam centres. At some places, public interference was also witnessed near the exam centres wherein youth were helping the examinees with the chits from outside the exam centres.

The repeated incidents of mass copying prompted the authorities in JKBOSE to shift the exam centers while as in many centres examination of students was cancelled as well.

“We cancelled examination of class 10th and 12th students in 10 exam centres across Kashmir while as location of 25 exam centres was changed after students resorted to mass copying in the exam centres,” said joint secretary examination in JKBOSE, Syed Abdul Rouf.

Several videos of mass copying were making rounds on social media following which questions were raised on the examination staff for their failure to maintain the sanctity of the exams.

“Such incidents only bring shame to our institution which is unacceptable. We have to think out of box to stop the menace of mass copying at exams centres. There should be some deterrence,” Syed Rouf said.

An official however attributed public interference in exams the absence of JK Police teams outside exam centres. He said imposition of section 144 is not followed outside exam centres as well.

“Police avoids remaining deployed outside exam centres to avoid law and order situation. The superintendent and other local exam don’t dare to control the public interference in exam apprehending attacks from mob,” a BOSE official said.

Amid this challenging situation, JKBOSE is considering not to hold re-examination of the papers cancelled in bi-annual exams earlier.

“We know students will suffer but holding re-examination will fizzle out the purpose of cancelling it earlier and it won’t be taken seriously by the students. We are reviewing all the aspects of the decision and final call will be taken soon,” the official said.

Meanwhile, the students from various districts have opposed the cancellation of their two papers by the BOSE authorities.

The students said few examinees resort to copying in exam centres for which others are treated with same yardstick.

“JKBOSE authorities should take action against only those students who resort to copying or misconduct instead of taking arbitrary decision by cancelling the exams,” the students said.