HSLC 2018: Student activists to accompany flying squads

A total of 37,167 students are set to appear in the class X examination to be conducted by Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BSEM) while 28,020 students have been registered to sit for the class XII examination under the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (CoHSEM) this year.

Unlike in the past examinations, HSLC 2018 will have representatives of different students’ organisations accompanying members of the flying squads constituted by the board.

BSEM secretary Akham Joykumar informed this daily that all possible measures have been taken up to ensure smooth conduct of the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination 2018 which will commence from February 20 and will have 18,720 boys and 18,447 girl candidates.

Confiding that only 8302 students will be representing government schools of the state while government-aided schools will have 1779 candidates for the said examination, he maintained that the private school students will have a commanding presence in the HSLC 2018 as a total of 27,086 students have completed the enrolment formalities.

Out of 96 examination centres that the board has identified across the state, 21 of them will be under the BSEM’s ambit, Joykumar said, adding that the board is planning to complete relevant process for declaring the examination results within the second week of May.

Noting that role of the examination invigilators would be vital in realising the goal of promoting quality education in the state and genuinely meritorious students, he disclosed that strong instructions have been given to the invigilators to dispense their duty diligently.

While cautioning that punitive action would be initiated in case invigilators are found to be incompetent or deviating from the responsibility assigned to them, he further informed that flying squads would be formed for overall monitoring of the examination centres as well as conduct of the invigilators.

On the board’s decision to include student activists among the flying squad teams, the secretary explained that such a step was envisioned to facilitate the candidates appear in the examination to face minimum inconvenience.

Stating that the students’ organisations will have to submit details of their representatives well ahead of the date of examination, he expressed that joint monitoring of the examination centres will help the candidates focus on their papers.

Though efforts to contact responsible CoHSEM officials did not materialised, sources informed that out of the 28,020 candidates, arts stream will have 7190 examinees while 20,323 and 507 candidates will respectively appear in science and commerce stream.

The class XII examinations will be conducted in 92 centres, the source said, adding that checking of the answer scripts will begin the very next day of completing the examination schedule.

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