UP Board Exams: Over 1.8 lakh students miss first day

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Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP), also known as The Board of High School and Intermediate Education Uttar Pradesh has started its annual exams yesterday. Reportedly, 66.37 Lakh students have registered for the UP Board exams this year. out of this, 36,55,691 students have enrolled for Class 10 and 29,81,387 for Class 12.According to official timetable, the class 10 board exams will continue till 22 February and while the class 12 exams will be concluded on March 14, 2018.

As per leading news portals, Above 1.8 lakh students did not appear for up board examinations on the first day following the strict measures initiated by the Yogi Adityanath-led government to check copying in the exams.

“On the first day of examinations on Tuesday, over 1,80,826 students did not appear. It included over 53,100 high school and over 1.27 lakh intermediate students,” Deputy Director Education Vikas Srivastava told PTI.

An Education Department official said this number was due to the number of measures initiated by the state government, including installation of CCTV cameras in exam halls and using STF and local intelligence to check activities of education mafia.

Another Education Department official said that the huge number of absentee students was because of the extra measures government has introduced this year to prohibit malpractices during the board exams. The state government has installed cameras in exam halls, and is using the services of STF and local intelligence to check activities of education mafia.

As reported by PTI, in Hardoi, 11,141 students (3,065 of high school and 8,076 of intermediate) were absent, in Azamgarh 8,842 students (6,754 of intermediate) were absent, Jaunpur 6,330 students (4,516 of intermediate) and Gonda 6299 students (4376 of intermediate) did not appear for the exams. In Firozabad, 5,214 students were absent, Mainpuri 4,922, Hathras 5,567, Moradabad 6,034, Gorakhpur 4,193, Sant Kabir Nagar 5,160 did not appear for exams.

With a view to clamp down on cheating in the state board examinations, the state government this year took help from the Special Task Force (STF) and local intelligence agencies to keep an eye on the “education mafia”.

The objective was “copying free examinations” and preventing the education mafia from doing mischief, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said to PTI.

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