Beware: Board exams to be held under CCTV surveillance
Srinagar: Minister for education, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali on Wednesday said the exam centres for class 10th and 12th should be established in schools which are equipped with CCTV facilities in order to reduce cases of unfair means.
He said this while chairing a review meeting of JK Board of School Education (BOSE) in Bemina.
“Exam centre should be set up in those institutions which have facility of CCTV so that the chances of unfair means are reduced,” he said.
He also said the teachers deployed for exam duty should not be given prior information about their exam centres they are deployed. “There should be proper secrecy in conducting exams,” the education minister said.
The minister also asked the JKBOSE authorities to clear negative public perception by making reforms in work culture and improving the quality and content in text books.
“There is a negative perception in public about JKBOSE which needs to be changed. There is no end point for making improvement in any institution. If you have do something good it should be accepted in public as well,” he said.
Stating that there was a need to redesign the question paper of class 10 and 12, the minister said objective type questions should be increased in the question papers.
“JKBOSE should also enhance rate for evaluators and an independent evaluation centre should be established with all hi-tech facilities provided in it,” he said.
The minister also called for incorporation of local content including fine arts, crafts, culture, music and lifestyle in text books saying that it will help students remain updated with the local happenings.
“There are some things which exist in current period but will become history after some years,” the minister said, adding that BOSE should also form common curriculum for schools.
“If there is a need to pass legislation in this regard, government will do that part of it.”
The education minister said the text books published by JKBOSE should be reviewed after every three years unlike the earlier practice wherein text books were reviewed after five years.
The minister also hinted for amending the JKBOSE Act saying that some positive amendments need to be made in the Act to bring reforms in the institutions.
MoS education Shakti Raj Parihar, Secretary school education department Farooq Ahmad Shah, Chairperson JKBSOE Veena Pandita, Director academics JKBOSE, Joint secretary examination and other officials of JKBOSE were also present in the meeting.