"We keep ourselves updated with the ever-changing technology
We are not allowing students appearing for board exams to carry any kind of electronic devices, smartphones or cellphones in the
examination hall. We have directed our exam supervisors to keep a watch on the same. As per the board rules, if any student is found using cellphones inside the examination hall, strict action is taken against him/her. We keep ourselves updated with the ever-changing technology of cellphones and new gadgets that are in the market. Any kind of cheating or copying during board examinations is strictly prohibited and I advice the students to keep away from such motives.
Sarjerao Jadhav, director,
There are several steps the SSC and HSC board can take to curb cheating through cellphones. One cannot have control over the devices and technology that people use. To start with, the board must implement physical checking in the exam premises . Technology is developing at a fast pace and now we have smart wrist watches as well. So the board can ban the wearing of wrist watches and put a wall clock in the examination hall. Also, the examination centres can be fitted with cellphone jammers. However, it comes at a cost as it's not possible to install jammers every where. I doubt the effectiveness of such jammers, because they can also be bypassed by tech-savvy students. Security cannot be implemented in one place, it has to be done in layers. Technology is always evolving and cannot be controlled. However, the board has to be careful and should stress on physical checking to curb such misuse of technology during exams.
Cellphone devices and applications are advanced enough and hence can be misued facilitating cheaters during exams. Hence, the board should have good physical security measures in place. For example, a student may use a messaging app for cheating during exams, but that is not the purpose for which the app was created in the first place. The cheaters are utilising a particular app with a wrong motive. I think physical security measures are the only options that the board can implement. They can have mobile signal jammers fixed in the halls. Interestingly if small sound system is fixed in each room, these speakers can pick a signal and amplify it if a cellphone is being used in the examhall.
We have a junior college and our students are told by the teachers all throughout the year to stay away from any kind of cheating or copying methods during the examination. Even during the parent-teacher meeting, we advice parents to tell their children to stay away from cheating and not use any cellphone devices for the same. The board has strictly prohibited students from using cellphones during the exams. They have to switch off their cellphones and leave it outside the examination hall. There is no doubt that various cellphone applications facilitate cheaters if they find a way to misuse it. As of now, wrist watches are allowed to be used by students, I dont know if the board knows about its misuse.
NS Umarani, Principal,
Going by the rules, cellphones or any kind of electronic devices are not allowed to be carried in the examination halls, so the question of using it does not arise. There are supervisors who continuously keep a watch on students. However, in spite of all the physical security measures there are students who indulge in copying or cheating. A technology like cellphone apps has made it all the more easy and discreet. In fact such cheating becomes a distraction to students who are honestly writing their exams. Besides the blanket ban on any kind of electronic devices, the exam supervisors should also be updated on the various ways that cheating can take place. There is advancement of technology regularly and everyday new apps come into the market. The board, the examinars, supervisors or the teachers have no idea of what students are upto with these apps. Those who appear for exams must be strictly warned that hey may spoil there whole academic progress, if caught cheating or copying.
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