Manipur Education Minister Th Basanta on Wednesday informed that the state government has completed framing a policy to punish those involved in unfair means during board examinations.
The policy will be tabled in the upcoming Assembly floor as an ordinance to convert it into an Act, he said, adding that the punishment will include imprisonment.
Basanta was speaking to the media on the sideline of an experience sharing programme “Students’ Experience on Inter-State Living” of the National Integration Tour 2023 organised by ABVP at NELIT in Imphal.
The minister also informed that the Education(s) department has taken up all possible precautions to ensure smooth conduction of HSLC examination undertaken by BOSEM which will commence on Thursday.
Photographs will be taken before transferring the question papers from the respective police stations, and video coverage will be taken while opening the question papers at the respective centres to abstain from any leakage of question papers, the minister said.
Informing the students that marks are just numbers, he explained that the real concept of examination is to sincerely test the knowledge on the education received during the academic year.
He maintained that the motive of the government is to not only produce students with high grades but to also produce students who are concerned for the development of the society and adopt the sense of nationalism.
Those in charge of the examination have been instructed to draft the question in such a way that the exam reflects the students’ understanding capacity and not the questions which cannot be answered by the students.
The minister extended his warm wishes to all the exam candidates and asked them to appear the exam in a stress free mode.
On the National Integration Tour, Basanta stressed the need for every student to acquire the sense of nationalism on top of knowing the culture and tradition of different states.
Formal education alone cannot provide confidence to the students, he said, adding it is exposure which will build the confidence of the students. He lauded ABVP for organising such a meaningful tour for the students.
The programme was also attended by ABVP North East zonal organising committee Kamal Nayan; NIELIT direct N Debachandra Singh, SEIL in-charge (Manipur) Deepak Ningombam and ABVP state secretary RK Ravichandra among others.