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Transparency in BOSE exams



[ March 01, 2017 ]

Transparency in the conduct of examinations conducted by Jammu & Kashmir Board of School Education (J&K BOSE) is though an area of serious concern but the appearance of education minister in any examination hall in Srinagar or Jammu does not mean that all is going on well with the conduct of examinations.


To ensure transparency in the conduct of J&K BOSE examination the education minister has an institutional and administrative responsibility to fu

Had the appearance of education minister in examination halls been an indicator then the BOSE authorities won’t be forced to cancel the examination of an examination central in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on complaints of mass copying early this month. Not the minister but the flying inspection squads constituted by Jammu & Kashmir Board of School Education (BOSE) have to enforce transparency in the conduct of examinations by devising a foolproof accountability for the supervisory staff. So not the appearance in examination halls but setting the process for devising a foolproof accountability system is the job of the education minister. So for all former education ministers have restricted themselves to the inspection of some examination halls in the twin cities and major towns to send out a message of government’s seriousness on transparency in the conduct of examinations conducted by J&K Board of School Education (J&K BOSE). The mass copying takes place only in remote rural areas where the inspection squads of the J& K Board of School Education (J&K BOSE) reach occasionally and that too in late hours and mass copying in these areas does not attract the attention of inspection squads of J&K BOSE not to talk of the minister’s appearance in examination halls.
Apart from the inspection of the examination halls there are several issues connected with the transparency in the conduct of the examination. The engagement of the local teachers for the purposes of supervising the J&K BOSE examinations is one such big flaw. Several factors prompting local teachers to allow copying in examination halls are not taken into consideration by the concerned education directorates in the selection of supervisory staff for the conduct of the examinations. So for authorities of the concerned education directorates have never experimented the deployment of teachers from other districts on the examination duty to ensure that local pressure groups don’t come in the way of the conduct of the examinations by the supervisory staff at the examination centers. To ensure transparency in the conduct of J&K BOSE examination the education minister has an institutional and administrative responsibility to further the purposes of coordination between the concerned education directorate and J&K BOSE authorities.