Bhubaneswar, Dec 12:
The state government has decided to constitute a four-member committee comprising the district collector, SP, District EDucation Officers and deputy director of Board of Secondary Education (BSE) in each district to take a final decision on the selection of examination centres and take steps to prevent leakage of question papers.
The committee will finalise the examination and nodal centres within 15 days while the process would be completed by December 31.
The examination centres where malpractices were reported last year would be excluded from this year’s annual examination centres’ list. Besides, the high schools having a poor record in conducting examinations would not be taken into consideration while choosing examination centres.
Talking to OST, School and Mass Education secretary Usha Padhee said from this year, one examination centre in each block would be identified as the nodal centre where the question papers would be stored inside the strong-room with adequate police security.
The headmaster of the concerned school, identified as the nodal centre would discharge his duty as the superintendent, she said.
The overall examination procedures would be executed under the supervision of the Block Education Officer (BEO), Padhee said.
She also said that in the Maoist-prone districts, the question papers would be stored either at the tehesil office or the local police station.
Padhee said the students of most of the high schools would be allowed to appear in the exams in their own schools. However, in schools which lack basic infrastructure, the students will have to go to high schools situated within five kms.
The department would collect telephone numbers of the superintendents of all examination centres and be in constant touch with them.
Apart from the nodal centres and schools, the total number of examination centres could be over 2500, sources in the BSE said.
As decided by the department, question papers would be sent to the examination centres hours before the start of the examination in a special vehicle which will also bring the answer sheets after exams to the evaluation centre.