Published: 09th November 2022
Uttar Pradesh: Board exams to have 'stitched' answer sheets to check unfair means
A total of 58,67,329 students, including 31,16,458 in high school and 27,50,871 in intermediate, will be appearing for the 2023 exams
For the first time, nearly 58 lakh students registered to appear in the Uttar Pradesh Board high school and intermediate examinations 2023 across the state will get stitched answer sheets.
The move of the Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP), is aimed at preventing the 'copy mafia' from deliberately changing answer sheets of meritorious students at different exam centres as witnessed in the previous years, said state secondary education department officials, as stated in a report by IANS.
According to the official spokesman, the decision has been taken after the board's experiment to provide stitched answer sheets to 10 sensitive districts, where such practices were feared in 2020, yielded desired results, as per IANS. A total of 58,67,329 students, including 31,16,458 in high school and 27,50,871 in intermediate, will be appearing for the exams in 2023.
Why is this step being taken?
The step is also aimed at making examinations free of unfair means. In the earlier examinations, the copying mafia used to take out the cover page of the usual stapled answer sheets of meritorious students at the centres and put it on the copies of the weaker students in lieu of cash, after the examination was over.
In many such cases, the Board has acted against centre managers and teachers besides debarring the concerned schools from the examination over such incidents. To prevent this, it had started providing stitched answer sheets to select districts where such practices were reported in 2020.
These districts include Mathura, Prayagraj, Muzaffarnagar, Hardoi, Ballia, Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Aligarh, Ghazipur and Kaushambi. The spokesman said that this year, the Board has requested officers of the Government Press that only sewed copies be supplied to all 75 districts.