Mass copying in Budgam, exam centres shifted

Adil Lateef
Srinagar, Feb 21: State Board of School Education (BOSE) today shifted five examination centres and cancelled Science paper of 10th standard after a video of mass copying surfaced in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district even as complaints of mass copying were also received from many other examination centres.
A shocking video of mass copying whereby scores of youth were seen openly assisting candidates in copying through windows of Government Higher Secondary School Haripora in Haran Soibugh area of Budgam surfaced on Facebook today.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Budgam, Inderjeet Sharma admitted mass copying not only at Haripora Haran examination centre but also at many other places. He said: “I have also received complaints of the mass copying but what can we do when there is no outside security. There are 500 candidates inside exam centres and 1500 people outside these centres. In this situation, our officials on exam duty cannot risk their lives by confronting these people, so copying takes place.”.
The CEO said he recently wrote a letter to Deputy Commissioner Budgam and sought security of exam centres. “The DC also assured that security would be provided but I don’t know then what happened. The mass copying is not the problem of one exam centre but whole Budgam district,” he said and added that it is the duty of police to ensure that no outside interference occurs during exams.
Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Mir Altaf Ahmad, said the matter of the security to examination centres in Budgam district has already been taken up with the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Budgam.
Meanwhile, on the directions of the BOSE Chairman, Zahoor Ahmad Chatt, five centres that were located at Government Higher Secondary School Haran Soibugh and Girls Higher Secondary School Wadwan have been shifted while the Science paper held today at these centres has been cancelled.
“From HSS Haran Soibugh, we have shifted two centres and from Wadwan Girls School, we have shifted three centres. All of these centres have been now shifted to Budgam and the Science paper stands cancelled,” said Joint Secretary Examinations, Syed Abdul Rouf.
He said that the teams have been sent to other examination centres at Budgam and if they receive any adverse report from any centre the paper there will also be cancelled.
Meanwhile, soon after conclusion of Science exam youth outside Yaripor Higher Secondary School in Kulgam district pelted stones on policemen deployed for examination duty. Police fired some shots in air to disperse the stone-throwers. Later, the situation returned to normalcy.