Boards have nothing new to offer

Ahmedabad, February 24: The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board declared its plan of action on Monday to curtail invigilators from any misconduct for the forthcoming class X and XII exams beginning from March 17.

has asked various district education officers to make their individual action plans. Though an action plan has been drawn up, it seems more like an eye-wash. “The drop in number of copying cases does not mean that the students have suddenly become honest. Instead, it means that invigilation is improper. The action plan should have addressed this problem,” said a senior official of the education department.

“When the executive committee of the board met, there were major discussions on the issue but the new strategy has no concrete measures. Instead, it is exactly the same as last years plan,” said one of the sources from the board.

The board last year had said that schools which does not have a boundary wall, will not be given an exam centre. But, the list of schools which are being given the centres for exams this year are the same as last year, making a lot of school which do not have a boundary wall, still the exam centres.

Further the board has said that it will get videography done in examination centres in sensitive areas like had happened last year. “Another thing that the board has over looked is the absence of stationary squads in the exam centres, which were removed last year and might have had a contribution in lesser number of copy cases getting registered,” said the source.

The students, like every year, will have to remove their shoes and socks outside the examination hall.