Jamshedpur, Feb 11: The annual matriculation and intermediate examination conducted by the Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) started from Tuesday under strict vigil.
On the first day, in the first sitting class X exams started with the subjects commerce, home science from 9:45 am to 1 pm. In the second sitting, the intermediate exams took place from 2 pm to 5:15 pm with vocational subjects like I.A, I.Sc and I. Com.
As many as 3,87,021 students participating the class X exam across 940 centres while 2.38.363 students appeared for the class XII boards in 470 centres. The first 15 minutes are given by the board for reading the question paper. The practical exams were conducted from January 27 to February 8.
. No untoward incidents was reported from anywhere in the district. The number of centres has been increased to provide students a better ambience to answer their examinations to reduce the risk of malpractices for students. The intermediate examinations too were peaceful on the first day.
Foolproof security arrangements have been made for exams. The district administration deputed static magistrates in each of the examination centres while there will be 18 zonal magistrates who would look into the smooth examinations. There were five to six magistrates who would be patrolling the centres for surprise checking.
The council has also introduced helpline numbers for the students to help them deal with stress and anxiety and also to take tips related to the exams from experts. The helpline numbers are 7485093436, 7485293440, and 7485093433 while the toll free number is 18003456523. Students can contact on these numbers on all working days between 9 am to 6pm.
“Board exams are primarily held to ensure that students are serious towards their education. However, the certificates awarded to the examinees are not life changing certificates. Parents need to encourage the children and not put undue pressure on them to score well,” added the official.
The council is also all necessary steps to ensure that malpractice free examinations are conducted and CCTV cameras have been fitted across all the centres for surveillance.
To avoid any errors while marking the answer sheets, the teachers who will be evaluating have also been trained with techniques to minimise errors, step marking, proper totaling and cross checking papers.