Srinagar: The class 12th annual examinations, which started a week ago, are witnessing “mass copying” at many centres in north Kashmir’s Kunzer town due to “connivance” between the “influential” parents of the candidates taking exams at the centres and the staff on examination duty, sources said.
They said that at least three examination centres in main town Kunzer had been “specially allotted to wards of influential people”.
The staff on examination duty at these centres had been posted “at the discretion of the influential people” as per sources.
“The parents of such students have connived with the staff on duty. Majority of the examination staff has been influenced by these people,” source alleged.
Sources said that “mass copying” took place at the centres, where the “blue eyed” candidates were taking examination “inside isolated rooms”.
“In fact some proxy candidates are taking the exams on behalf of some candidates,” a source alleged.
While annual examinations of class 10 students are also going on, a source said that class 12 examinations “have been specifically targeted”.
A senior citizen from Tangmarg area demanded “investigation into the matter” by the J&K Board of School Education (JKBOSE).
“The whole staff on examination duty from these centres should be changed,” he said.
Commenting over the likelihood of unfair means in annual examination, a teacher from Kunzer town told Kashmir Reader that officials on examination duty termed it “excesses with the candidates” in case a teacher tried to bring in fairness in conducting the examinations.
Secretary JKBOSE, Riyaz Ahmad assured of “swift action” into the matter.
“It has come to our notice. We will take action on this very soon,” Riyaz said.
He said that the board had asked Deputy Commissioner Baramulla for necessary action.
Confirming directions from the district administration Baramulla over the matter, sub-district Magistrate Tangmarg, Shabir ul Hasan Bhat told Kashmir Reader that they were ascertaining the complaints of unfair means in class 12 annual examinations.
Asked whether they would shift the examination centres or transfer the staff, Bhat said that action will be taken after verifying the complaints.