Cuttack, Jan 16:
A record number of 6, 34,493 students would appear the annual High School Certificate (HSC) examinations beginning from February 25.
In a release issued on Wednesday, president of the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) Dr Dakshya Prasad Nanda said 5,57,528 Regular students, 51,339 and 4626 Madhyama students have filled up their forms for the examinations.
Referring to the conduct of the examinations, Nanda said keeping in view the high number of students appearing in the examinations this year, the Board has made extensive arrangements.
For smooth conduct of the examinations, the Board has set up 2737 examination centres for the Regular and Ex-Regular students while 56 centres have been selected for the Madhyama students.
Besides, on the basis of the report of the high powered committee on the safety of question papers, 350 nodal centres have been selected of which 283 centres have been set up in the high schools, 21 centres at the local police stations and one at the tehsil office, Nanda said. He also said that arrangements have been made to install CCTV cameras at the sensitive centres.
To tighten the security of the examination centres, the Board has sought the help of the local police, the BSE president said, adding that steps had been taken to keep people away from 200-metre radius of the centre to ensure that the students appear in the examination without any noise or disturbances.
The Board has cancelled the examinations centres where incidents of malpractice were reported last year.
Referring to the evaluation of answer sheets, he said under the new arrangement, an examiner would evaluate only one answer of a question in the answer-sheet of a student.
“This would substantially reduce the rate of faulty evaluation”, he hoped.
The Board has made elaborate arrangements for the examinations under the directive supervision of the district collectors and SPs, Nanda said.