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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Following reports of matric question paper going viral on social media moments after the commencement of the exam on Wednesday, it seems the School and Mass Education Department has now decided to streamline things at examination centres.

State S&ME Minister Samir Dash on Friday informed that a lot of measures have been planned to ensure the examination is conducted in a transparent manner. Moreover, center superintendents will be held accountable for any damage to the CCTV cameras installed in their respective examination centres, Dash made it clear.

The Minister's statement comes in the wake of reports from several parts of the State where the CCTVs were allegedly damaged intentionally either by students or staff to ease malpractice.

“Streamlining things at exam centres is our priority. We had earlier requested the district Collectors to provide centre superintendents for 2,888 exam centres. The superintendents have been directed to prepare a list of teachers who will be engaged outside and inside exam venues separately,” said Dash.

Dash further informed that strict orders have been issued to see that CCTVs are not turned off during the conduct of the examination. Moreover, the concerned centre superintendents will be held accountable if there is any damage to CCTVs and strict action would be taken against them, he said.

Clearly instructions were passed to district education officers by Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha to see that there is no deviation in conduct of the matric examination. The Board has also said that if any centre is found indulding in malpractice, results of all candidates of the centre will be witheld.

It is pertinent to mention here that as many as 5,60,891 students are appearing for the upcoming annual High School Certificate (HSC) Examination which began on February 19 in 2,888 exam centres in the State. A total of 307 nodal centres have been set up for the exams which also include 22 police stations in sensitive areas.

Despite elaborate arrangements by the BSE, question paper of MIL (Odia) was reportedly found circulating on mobile platforms on the first day of the Board exam. However, refuting the allegations the Board clarified that no specific complaints about question papers being circulated outside were received by the end of the exam on first day.

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