Seeking special powers from the state government to allow it to take punitive legal action against those found guilty of breach of secrecy by reforming the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) Act 1972 and adding a clause of non-bailable offence for the above, the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has decided to submit the request on Monday.
“At present, the Board is almost a toothless body that cannot take any legal action against the defaulters as there are different government and private agencies that are authorised for that. It just passes on the information of guilty examination staff members to the school management or the mandals that has the authority to taken action. Here they usually adopt delaying tactics to escape. Thus some changes in the GSHSEB Act 1972 Section 43 dealing with breach of secrecy are required that can give some power to the Board,” said V J Valand, the GSHSEB Secretary (Examination).
From merely an examination body, the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has expressed its desire to an “enforcing” agency during a meeting of the Board’s examination committee held in Gandhinagar on Sunday.
These decisions seeking reforms taken during the meeting will be submitted to the state government on Monday. Major decisions taken in the meeting included a second safety sealing of the question paper packets and videography of the sealing process as well as dispatch from the printing press, zonal officers and till delivery at each block level.
Further empowering the Board, it was also suggested that apart from legal rights, the Board should also take over the management of granted and private schools from the mandals (school management committees) only during board examinations to ensure fair practices during examinations. “It was felt that the Board should have a right similar to the Election Commission which should empower the Board during the examination days only,” added Valand.
Also, to ensure fair conduct of examinations by removing loopholes during the dispatch and delivery of question papers, the GSHSEB examination committee came up with another recommendation. Draw of lots to replace the present practice of shortlisting the government representatives by the zonal officers. These government representatives are responsible for delivering question papers to each examination block.
No proof of paper getting leaked
Another issue of rumours of paper leak of Class XII Science Semester IV Biology subject in Ahmedabad on Friday was discussed during the examination committee of the (GSHSEB) meeting in Gandhinagar on Sunday. The board’s official release stated the committee members have sought information from various examination representatives from across the state and there has been no proof supporting the paper getting leaked.
“Neither any information nor footage relayed on some news channels supported the incident of paper getting leaked before starting. A police compliant has been registered and the case is being investigated. Any decision by the board will be taken after police investigations,” stated the release issued by GSHSEB Chairman R R Varsani.