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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: In order to prevent the lapses that have been surfacing since the commencement of the annual HSC Class 10 Examination in the State, the School and Mass Education Department has made elaborate arrangements to ensure Plus II examinations beginning March 3 are conducted in a smooth manner.

Accordingly, the Board has begun installation of CCTV cameras at all the 1, 143 examination centres across the State to check malpractice during the examination.

Besides, mobile phones and all kinds of electronic gadgets have been banned inside the examination centres. All the 202 designated examination management hubs have also been kept under CCTV surveillance.

While the evaluation of answer sheets will start from the second week of April, the School and Mass Education Department in a reply to a question in Odisha Assembly recently has warned strict action against teachers who do not coordinate in the evaluation process.

However, the government's statement has irked the members Odisha School College Teachers and Employees United Forum.

“The question put forth in the Assembly was about what steps the department concerned will take if teachers do not coordinate in evaluation of answer sheets and the reply was according to that query. Teachers work for the benefit of the students and I am hopeful that there will be no such issue,” clarified School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash.

Convenor of Odisha School College Teachers and Employees United Forum, Golak Nayak said, “The teachers come forward against the Government only when it deters their livelihood and accordingly stalls the evaluation process. The State government should refrain from giving such threats to the teachers and let them check answer sheets in a healthy environment.”

It may be noted that though the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) had installed CCTV cameras in all the centres to avoid malpractice during Plus II examinations last year, it failed in preventing to do so.

On the other hand, educationists have opined that instead of warning the teachers, the concerned department should make proper arrangements to ensure smooth examination.

An educationist Pritish Acharya advised, “The department should concentrate on the pre-examination arrangements. Students should be taught that learning is more important which is going to help them in moulding their career. If this is inculcated in students, they would not be mark-centric and avoid malpractice during exams. If the teachers or invigilators are forced to evaluate answer scripts, they will definitely take steps that will sabotage the examination process.”


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