UP Board exams for high school and intermediate students to be held next year can be held in government buildings. According to the information, if the officials feel that there are not enough examination centers for the examination, then government buildings can be used. This is to ensure that there is no scope for cheating in any way in the examinations.
An official on this matter said that for example, this could mean that, if necessary, the examinations can be conducted at the UPSC building in Aliganj, Lucknow. In the year 2021, the UP Board had conducted the examination for 51.92 lakh students at 8373 centres. But in the next year i.e. 2023, the estimated number of students appearing in the examination may be around 58 lakhs. In such a situation, more examination centers will be needed.
According to the information, the Department of Secondary Education has written a letter to all the District Magistrates and District Inspectors of Schools (DIOS) to send a list of such government buildings / institutions located in the district where the UP Board examinations can be conducted properly. .
However, UP Board exams have never been held in government buildings before this. Regarding conducting the examination in government buildings, the officials say that instead of conducting the examination with fewer candidates at many places, the idea is to conduct the examination under one roof for more students.
Secretary of Secondary Education Department Deepak Kumar said that we have asked DM and DIOS to look into this idea. He said that if sufficient government buildings are not available in remote districts, then we will conduct these exams in government schools. He also said that along with the DIOS, the DM will also give a list of schools where examinations can be held. The DM has been directed to prepare a list of such schools which can be made examination centres.
Significantly, the UP STF along with the state police had busted a cheating racket on the first day of board exams in 2018. Three people, including the principal of a school, were arrested in Naini, Prayagraj in this case.