No Socks And Shoes Inside Exam Hall: Bihar Board

| February 19 , 2018 , 15:18 IST

Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Sunday directed students to sit in exams while wearing slippers or flip-flops and not shoes along with socks to stop students from cheating in the upcoming board exams.

BSEB Chairman Anand Kishore, who issued the instructions, said, "there is nothing new in this order to students appearing in Class 10 exams from February 21. It is a usual practice in other examinations held in the state. The board decided to adopt the practice from this year,"

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As per reports, nearly 17.70 lakh students will appear for the class 10 board exams at 1,426 centres across the state from February 21 to 28.

This bizarre move has been welcomed by Bihar Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma. Speaking to ANI, he said, "It would be time-consuming to make students take off their socks and shoes to conduct a check that is why such a decision was taken. The system is already in practice. Exams are being held in a fair manner."

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The circular has been issued informing all district officers, schools and parents.

BSEB officials claim that the annual examinations this year were fair and mass cheating is a thing of the past in Bihar.

Cheating has been rampant in Bihar during board exams and competitive exams. 

Earlier, Bihar School Examination Board on Saturday expelled 1,000 students from Class 12 examinations.

In fact, in 2015, a video of youth climbing the building of an examination hall to help their friends had become viral. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had even sought a report from the BSEB over the issue.