CBSE breaks the whip when schools violate board exam standards

NEW DELHI: taking strong measures against the lax completion of the exam, has issued to more than 200 schools that are part of the 5,300 centers for board exams of classes X and XII currently underway. After violations were detected through the board's mobile confidential material tracking (CMTM) application, CBSE issued 1,242 notices, each with a fine of Rs 50,000, to schools.

Anurag Tripathi, CBSE secretary, revealed that most of the notices were issued during the first 10 days of the exams, which began on February 15, although none of the cases involved the manipulation of question documents. The violations, he said, were related to the deadlines associated with the review process, the handling of confidentiality and the delegation of scheduled responsibilities.

It is for the first time that CBSE is taking such a disciplinary step and imposing financial sanctions. Schools facing actions include Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas and government and private schools. Notices were sent not only to the principals of the schools, but also to the school education departments of the states in question, to the school and to the authorized officer to enforce. Schools were warned that repeated rape could result in a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh and even disaffiliation.

After this, 99% of schools are complying with the guidelines, Tripathi said. “CBSE is breaking the whip so as not to harass a school, but to guarantee the safety of the students, preserve the sanctity of the exam process, maintain people's trust and offer a complete exam. If schools respond to notices with genuine reasons, for example, that internet access was not available, then fines will be waived.

According to a senior CBSE official, the board is implementing a zero tolerance policy in the event of non-compliance with the 2020 exam guidelines and membership statutes. For the safe collection and delivery of exam materials, such as question documents, the guidelines require the photographic labeling of the custodian and the center superintendent with the image of the material destined for that particular center. Superintendents, who are generally school directors, have also been instructed to personally participate in the handling of confidential materials and not to delegate their responsibilities to others. If emergency cases require that superintendents delegate the work to others, they must obtain written permission from the CBSE regional offices, Tripathi said.

More than 5,000 center superintendents were ordered to personally use the CMTM application at each step of the exam process. The application captures images, time and location of activities such as the reception of sensitive materials, the opening of question packages and the completion of the exam. Schedules were given for each part of the process.

According to the board's sources, sensitive testing centers were identified and the directors of other institutions were appointed as superintendents at those centers. CBSE also nominated external observers at the centers.