Board of Secondary Education Implements Stringent Security Measures for the 2024 Madhyamik Examination

In a bid to fortify the integrity of the upcoming Madhyamik examination scheduled for February 2-12, 2024, the Board of Secondary Education has rolled out a comprehensive security plan. Concerns arising from previous incidents, including the teacher recruitment scandal, have prompted the board to take preemptive measures to safeguard the examination process.

CCTV Surveillance to Play a Key Role

The Board's latest directive emphasises the installation of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at examination centres, with a mandate to preserve the footage daily. According to a letter from the Central Education Board on December 29, 2023, CCTV footage must be retained from 8 am to 5 pm on examination days. To address potential mechanical failures, centres must maintain backups of the surveillance footage.

Enhanced Monitoring During Exam Period

With the Madhyamik examination set to span just 10 days, the Board is leaving nothing to chance. The decision to implement heightened security measures aims to dissuade any attempts at fraudulent activities during the exams. Although the Board has not disclosed the specifics of the security system, it has directed examination centres to deposit the preserved CCTV footage with their respective heads until the examination results are declared.

Accountability for Examination Centers

To ensure accountability, the Board has placed the responsibility of preserving CCTV footage squarely on the shoulders of the headmasters of the respective examination centres. In the event of any damage or loss of footage, the directive stipulates that these headmasters will be held responsible, adding a layer of vigilance to the entire process.

Early Planning to Ensure Controversy-Free Examination

The Madhyamik examination, slated to commence amid the festive season, is set to be a crucial event in the educational calendar. The Board's early implementation of these security measures showcases a commitment to avoiding any controversy and maintaining the credibility of the examination process. By issuing this directive well in advance, the Board of Secondary Education aims to assure stakeholders that every step is being taken to conduct a fair and secure examination in 2024.

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