Bengaluru: The question papers leak on social media, has taken a violent twist in Karnataka by raising slogans against the Department of Pre-university Education (DPUE).
The repetition of incident forced anguish students and parents to question the efficiency of DPUE in dispatching the question papers.
Following the leak of II PU question papers in 2012, a recommendation was made to DPUE to send question papers to exam centres online. Failing to implement the new system, the DPUE is dispatching question papers on four-wheelers and safeguarding them at treasury offices in districts.
The department has not even mind to follow the best practices of other education boards and universities.Here are the few example of other boards which follow the best practices to dispatch the question papers.
CBSE question papers are safe with banks:
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conduct exams for class 10 and class 12 across the country safeguard the questions papers by keeping them in bank.
CBSE sends the school-cum exam centres an application form with a list of banks four or five months before the exams. The exam centres have to select a bank situated nearby. The board keeps the sealed question papers in these banks. And one hour before the exam, the school authorities along with a policeman bring the question papers to the exam centres from there. While answer scripts are sent directly to the exam centres.
CISCE distributes question papers under cover:
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has conveners in each state. The convenor receives the question papers from Delhi and transports them to banks situated near the exam centres under the watch of security guards and school authorities. On the day of the exam, the question papers are dispatched to the centres.
Both CBSE and CISCE don't reveal the place of printing and how they distributes the question papers from Delhi to different parts of the country.
RGUHS sends question papers online:
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) follows online method to send question papers online. It prepares up to 12 question papers for each subject and on the day of exam, the system (computer) randomly chooses one paper. The paper selected will be emailed to the principal of colleges 30 minutes before the exam. The question paper file in the mail is encrypted and only principals can open it using a username and password given by the university. The question papers are then printed at the exam centres.
DPUE: Stuck with manual process
Prints question paper at secret location