In an effort to ensure that the evaluation of UP Board exam answer sheets is error-free, Uttar Pradesh has set up 258 evaluation centres across the state, and about 1.44 lakh examiners have been appointed to evaluate a total of 3.19 crore answer sheets.
“Extensive preparations have been made to ensure the safety of examination centres and examiners. Additionally, arrangements have been made to monitor the evaluation work through CCTV,” said Secondary Education Board Secretary Divya Kant Shukla.
The state government had succeeded in holding the board exams without any obstacles in record time. For the first time in 30 years, no exam was postponed because of leakage of paper or question papers going viral, or for any other reason. Furthermore, there were no instances of mass copying.
Shukla said that 258 centres had been established in the state for the evaluation of high school and intermediate exam answer sheets from Saturday. The evaluation of answer sheets will continue till April 1. During this, about 1.86 crore high school answer sheets will be evaluated, for which 89,698 examiners have been appointed.
At the same time, 54,235 examiners have been appointed for the evaluation of 1.33 crore intermediate answer sheets. Thus, a total of 1,43,933 examiners have been appointed to evaluate as many as 3.19 crore answer sheets.
Shukla said this time, for the first time, for the training of examiners and deputy chief examiners, and their deputy controllers had been trained through an audio-video presentation at the regional office level in order to ensure error-free evaluation of the answer sheets.
The training was completed in the regional offices of Meerut on March 12, Bareilly on March 13, Gorakhpur on March 14, Prayagraj on March 15, and Varanasi on March 16. The deputy controller or principal of the evaluation centres will train the appointed examiners and deputy head examiners for the evaluation of answer sheets before the commencement of evaluation at their respective evaluation centres.
Shukla further said that the responsibility of evaluation centres had also been entrusted on to static magistrates who would be deputed for the task. Along with this, the DIET (District Institute of Education and Training) principal of each district has been appointed as supervisor to supervise all the evaluation centres located in each district.
“Additionally, strict arrangements have been made for the evaluation centres' security. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code have been imposed in a radius of 100 metres around the evaluation centres. Along with this, arrangements have been made for the deployment of at least four armed police guards and local intelligence unit/police personnel in plain uniform till the evaluation period,” Shukla said.