Has govt lost faith in BOSE?

Srinagar: It seems that the J&K government has lost faith in JK Board of School Education (BOSE), as the government has roped in JK Police and district administration to “ensure” free and fair conduct of annual class 10th and 12th examination.

The examination for both the classed are slated from November 02 and 01 respectively.

On Saturday the minister for education Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari convened a video conference with divisional Commissioner Jammu besides all deputy Commissioners, Superintendent of Police and chief education officers of the school education Department.

The conference was held at civil Secretariat Srinagar which was attended by Divisional Commissioner Srinagar, DC Srinagar, Secretary School Education, Director School Education Kashmir, Chairman BOSE, Joint Secretary examination and Chief Education Officer, Srinagar.

“During the meeting, the education minister instructed DCs, SP’s and CEOs to constitute joint flying squads to monitor conduct of annual BOSE exams,” said one of the officials who was present in the meeting.

He said the minister made it clear that there will be no mercy for any supervisory staff or invigilator who will be found involved in any misconduct of exams.

“The minister said any one among supervisory staff or invigilator found involved in helping or promoting mass copying will be charge sheeted and dismissed from services,” the official said.

He said the thrust was given on district administration along with district SP’s to rope in Tehsildars for the joint flying squads.

“Role of BOSE was kept confined to only carrying question and answer papers to and from exam centres,” the official said.

Meanwhile, an official spokesman said the minister for education, directed that the senior BOSE officials should be deployed for the “lifting and delivery of examination material to the concerned police stations from where they would be taken to exam centres.”

He said that “strict action will be initiated against any official found involved in unfair means.”

Interestingly, since past many years, BOSE has remained in dock over its failure to conduct fair exams as videos and photographs showing copying inside exam centres had gone viral on social media.

“We don’t want any non sense inside exam centre. JK police will be deployed outside exam centres so that there will be no misgiving in exams,” the official quoted the minister having said.

The education minister also asked the district administration to impose section 144 around exam centres.

Bukhari has also called for setting up control rooms at all district headquarters for better coordination and taking immediate action against any complaint of unfair means.

The meeting was informed that BOSE has setup centralized helpline centre for the redressal of grievances which can be reached at 0194-2494965, 0194-2494985, 0194-2495310 and 2491179 for examination-related information.

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