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Boards� meet for better conduct of exams

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GUWAHATI, Nov 17 - The 47th Annual Conference of Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) has come up with a slew of recommendations to improve the process of evaluation and strengthen the invigilation system.

The three-day conference which concluded today, laid stress on the use of innovation and modern technology in the process of conduct of examination.

For strengthening the invigilation system, the conference suggested that the boards should make efforts to keep question paper packets in custody of government agencies like banks, post offices and treasuries. Besides videography and CCTV cameras in sensitive examination centres, the conference also mooted use of mobile phone jammers in some centres to ensure fair conduct of the examination.

An official in the Assam education department said the State may use jammers in some examination centres this time, if funds are available.

Moreover, for ensuring that question papers are opened at the time fixed by the boards, efforts will be made to select two candidates in each room to check the seals of packets and make them put their signatures along with invigilators� signatures before the packets are opened.

Other suggestions include rewards for invigilators who perform exceedingly well and appointment of teachers having impeccable integrity duly certified by the schools as invigilators and examiners.

�Efforts will also be made by all the boards to ensure that a detailed marking scheme giving value points for each answer is prepared by a team of experts. After preparation of the marking scheme, a field testing will be carried out by evaluating a few answer books in each subject,� officials said, elaborating on the suggestions compiled at the conference.

Boards were also asked to implement the �outlier system� to verify unusual pattern of marks obtained as well as a pilot project on �on screen marking� to ensure accuracy.

The recommendations will be submitted to the HRD ministry and implemented by the boards, officials added.

The annual conference, organised under the theme �Integrity in conduct of examinations�, was hosted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (ASHEC) and Board of Secondary Education (SEBA), Assam and attended by chairperson and members of as many as 62 school boards and councils of the country along with foreign delegates and academicians.

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Boards� meet for better conduct of exams

GUWAHATI, Nov 17 - The 47th Annual Conference of Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) has come up with a slew of recommendations to improve the process of evaluation and strengthen the invigilation system.

The three-day conference which concluded today, laid stress on the use of innovation and modern technology in the process of conduct of examination.

For strengthening the invigilation system, the conference suggested that the boards should make efforts to keep question paper packets in custody of government agencies like banks, post offices and treasuries. Besides videography and CCTV cameras in sensitive examination centres, the conference also mooted use of mobile phone jammers in some centres to ensure fair conduct of the examination.

An official in the Assam education department said the State may use jammers in some examination centres this time, if funds are available.

Moreover, for ensuring that question papers are opened at the time fixed by the boards, efforts will be made to select two candidates in each room to check the seals of packets and make them put their signatures along with invigilators� signatures before the packets are opened.

Other suggestions include rewards for invigilators who perform exceedingly well and appointment of teachers having impeccable integrity duly certified by the schools as invigilators and examiners.

�Efforts will also be made by all the boards to ensure that a detailed marking scheme giving value points for each answer is prepared by a team of experts. After preparation of the marking scheme, a field testing will be carried out by evaluating a few answer books in each subject,� officials said, elaborating on the suggestions compiled at the conference.

Boards were also asked to implement the �outlier system� to verify unusual pattern of marks obtained as well as a pilot project on �on screen marking� to ensure accuracy.

The recommendations will be submitted to the HRD ministry and implemented by the boards, officials added.

The annual conference, organised under the theme �Integrity in conduct of examinations�, was hosted by the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (ASHEC) and Board of Secondary Education (SEBA), Assam and attended by chairperson and members of as many as 62 school boards and councils of the country along with foreign delegates and academicians.

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