As 10 Lakh Students Skip UP Board Exams After Cheating Crackdown, CM Yogi Calls For Simpler Tests

| February 11 , 2018 , 11:54 IST

To address rampant cheating during board exams in Uttar Pradesh, strict measures were put in place. However, the anti-cheating measures have sprung up a new problem, with massive numbers of students skipping exams altogether, resulting in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath calling for simpler board exams.

Around 10 lakh students did not appear in the UP board exams in the past 4 days. UP CM Yogi partially blamed the drastic fall in the number of students attempting the exam to the strict monitoring in place to end cheating.

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"When we said let's conduct a cheating-free exam, 10 lakhs students dropped out. This is the figure until now. I don't know what will happen in future," Adityanath said on Saturday, while launching the Hindi edition of Exam Warriors, a self-help interactive book by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for students.

"A fear of exams is being created among students," Adityanath said, adding "It is necessary to think on how exams could be further simplified."

The recently released book by PM Modi would help students get in a confident frame of mind for taking exams, the UP CM said.

"So, parents and teachers should not impose any kind of barriers on students and provide them with a good climate to cope with exams," he said.

The UP CM described that in the case of the skill development programme in the state, 6 lakh youth had enrolled in the past 10 months, out of which 2.5 lakh cleared the tests and 1.4 lakh were placed in jobs paying between Rs 15,000 and Rs 40,000.