A total of 11,18,821 candidates have written their first language papers across 4,194 centers in West Bengal as Class 10 state board exams started on Monday.
A West Bengal Board of Secondary Education official said the first day of Madhyamik “pariksha” (exam) went smoothly in strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols as students sat for their duty from 11:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
No candidate was allowed to leave the center for one hour and 15 minutes after the start of the exam.
According to the official, surveillance cameras were installed at several centers across the state as speculation that some students hid textbooks and paper vouchers in the building made the rounds.
The government has also temporarily suspended internet services in parts of the state to thwart unethical practices, the official said.
The move was necessitated after Madhyamik’s question papers were allegedly leaked on social media platforms in 2019 and 2020 by some examination centers in Malda and Murshidabad districts in the state.
Last year, the exam could not take place due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
Students received grades based on an assessment format that took into consideration internal assessment performance, among other parameters.
Earlier today, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sent her best wishes to all the candidates.
“Best wishes to Madhyamik candidates, 2022. This is your first big exam in life. Stay confident, you are sure to succeed. Call on all to cooperate in the smooth running of this gigantic exercise. All the best my dear students,” she tweeted.
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