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75 pc of those who skipped UP board exams were from outside state, some from abroad: Dy CM

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

About 75 per cent of the nearly 11 lakh students who skipped this year's board examinations were from neighbouring states, and some of them were even from foreign countries like and Bangladesh, state's has said.

The startling fact came to the fore when details of those who skipped the examinations were analysed by the department, Sharma, who also holds the portfolio, told in an interview.

The state board exams were in earlier this year as a large number of students did not turn up due to "strictness" and effective use of a and local intelligence by the government to keep a tab on the cheating mafia.

"We have come to know that about 75 per cent of those who skipped the examinations were from neighbouring states. Also candidates from countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, and the UAE were among them," said.

He said the took the help of the (STF) and local intelligence to curb the activities of the copying mafia with an aim to "continue with our motto of ensuring sanctity of the examinations".

"The copying mafia used to take contracts guaranteeing success in class 10 and 12 state board examinations. Impersonators were made to appear in the examination in place of real candidates and centres were earmarked where copying could be facilitated easily," he said.

The government had also decided, said, to install CCTV cameras at all examination centres to keep a hawk-eye vigil on the activities going on there.

"However, installation of cameras in over 10,000 schools would have cost over Rs 400 crore and the state did not have that budget. So, we decided that only schools having CCTV cameras, boundary walls and other relevant facilities will be used as exam centres," he said.

"I personally monitored the examinations and as soon as I got any input, I shared it with the STF and immediate action was taken," he said.

He said the government had studied all possible unfair ways and means that could be resorted to by students during the examination.

"Those impersonating others or involved in replacing answer sheets before they reached evaluation centres were not able to do so due to these effective measures," said Sharma.

The UP board examination for class 10 and class 12 were held between February 6 and March 12. A total of 66,37,018 students had registered themselves for this year's exam 36,55,691 for class 10 and 29,81,327 for class 12.

In 2017, the overall pass percentage for class 10 was 81.18 and for Class 12 it was 82.62.

The said this year's results of both the classes will be declared by the end of this month.

"We will be uploading the copies of toppers online so that students can see and follow them during their preparations," he said.

About next year's exams, he said Aaadhar card will be made compulsory for class 9 and class 11 students filling forms for the board examinations. It will help identify them and further check the menace of copying, he said.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 10:40 IST