BSEB 10+2 Exams Begin amidst Cloud of Cheating Scandals

BSEB Chairperson Anand Kishore checking 10+2 exam candidates for cheating paraphernalia in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: Still reeling from the cheating controversy along with several other scandals that has given a black eye to the state in terms of its failing education system, Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) began it’s 10+2 exams on Tuesday amidst tight security arrangement with senior police officials personally making rounds at various test centers to ensure exams were being conducted in a lawful manner.

Students getting ready to take 10+2 exam in Patna on Tuesday.Students getting ready to take 10+2 exam in Patna on Tuesday.With the ghost of last year's 'ToppersGate' scam involving top government officials and college principals still looming in the minds of many people, the exams began on a peaceful note at more than 1200 centers across the state with over 12 lakh students appearing in it.

Like previous years, officials were quick to point out measures taken to reduce cheating in the exams like installation of video cameras in all rooms at all test centers and presence of armed security officials to deal with any kind of situation along with the imposition of Section 144 near the test centers. Though this has not deterred the more 'innovative' cheaters in the past, authorities are hopeful of being able to conduct the tests in a free and fair environment.

BSEB Chairperson Anand Kishore was personally seen conducting spot checks at many test centers as he expressed his hope to salvage the reputation of education in Bihar by punishing the guilty to the maximum as allowed under the current legal system. At least 220 students were reported to be expelled on the first day for cheating in the exams, officials said.

As reported, earlier test papers were leaked for the Bihar Staff Service Commission (BSSC) tests leading to the arrest of over two dozen people including BSSC secretary Parmeshwar Ram.

Meanwhile, authorities were investigating the news of test papers being leaked for Biology exam though some were quick to dismiss it as 'fake report'.

As reported, 12,61,793 students were said to be appearing in the plus two exams across Bihar. Out of this, 7,04,868 were said to be boys and 5,56,925 girls.

The exams end on February 25.

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