Now, CCTV cameras to keep watch on all exam centres in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: In a bid to ensure a fair and transparent conduct of Class X and Plus II examinations in the state, the Odisha government is planning to install CCTV cameras in all examination centres across the state from the next academic year.

The decision to bring all examination centres under CCTV surveillance from 2018-19 academic year has been taken to make the Class X and Plus II examinations free from malpractice, school and mass education (S&ME) secretary Pradipta Mohapatra told the mediapersons on Tuesday.

“There were reports of rampant malpractice from several examination centres during the annual High School Certificate (HSC) and Plus II examinations this year. It promoted the state government to take the decision to install CCTV cameras in all centres. The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) and Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), the custodians of the Class X and Plus II examinations, have been intimated about the decision,” Mohapatra said.

“The initiative has been taken in order to make all examination centre zero copy zones and BSE and CHSE authorities have been asked to strictly implement the order,” the S&ME secretary said.

Mohapatra further said, “If CCTV cameras are installed in all examination centres, it will create a fear among those students, their guardians and teachers who would try to use unfair means during the examinations. The students will not do malpractice fearing that they would get caught in the CCTV cameras.

Earlier, the CHSE had installed CCTV cameras at nodal centres where question papers were stored.

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