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Tablet cameras check copying in board exams

The board showed the incidents of copying live to the mediapersons at the its headquarters in Gandhinagar.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
March 15, 2015 2:44:10 am

The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) which is the first in the country to use tablet cameras to check malpractices in examination halls on Saturday detected 58 cases of copying from different centres using tablets.

The board showed the incidents of copying live to the mediapersons at the its headquarters in Gandhinagar. All tablet cameras at examination centres are connected to the main server at board’s headquarters.

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Speaking to reporters, board chairman R R Varsani said that out of 59,159 examination centres across the state, 5,110 classrooms were covered by tablets and 50,049 centres with CCTV cameras. But remaining 4,000 were yet to be covered by CCTV cameras or tablets. He said that since images received through tablets were monitored by officials at the board office, no one, not even teachers, if found assisting in copying, could escape the monitoring team. He said when tablets were used for the first time in 2013, 48 students and six teachers were punished for malpractices. In 2014, the government installed 1,300 tablets and CCTV cameras in a third of the remaining centres. The result was that 744 students were caught in copying and 392 teachers were caught helping the students in malpractices.

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With almost all centres having been covered with tablets and CCTV cameras, he said that the number of cheating cases along with teaching involved in helping the students could increase this year. But the exact number would be available only after the exams are over.

Varsani said that using the technology to keep watch on malpractices had resulted in several positive developments. According to him, the attendance in classrooms had increased with teachers taking more interest in teaching particularly in interior areas because there was no chance of helping the students in copying for better performance. So, there is overall improvement in the teaching system by using it to prevent malpractices in exams.

Sources said, several MPs and MLAs had last year directly approached the board officials to remove the CCTV cameras and tablets from examination halls under pressure from parents of the students.

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First published on: 15-03-2015 at 02:44:10 am

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