Uttar Pradesh has been dealing with the risk of mass copying in exams since very long. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath ordered strict measures to curb mass copying, last year.
However, this year 2.72 lakh students missed their papers and skipped the exam on day 3 of UP Board examinations after the stringent measures have been adopted by the UP government to check mass copying.
The officials informed that the mass absence was reported on Tuesday. So far 3,12,844 candidates have skipped the High School and Intermediate exam this year, as per the data released by UP Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad.
However, on Friday, February 9, 2019, 40,392 students missed the exams on Day 2 of the examinations which are the second largest number of students skipping exam on a single day.
The secretary of UP Board, Neena Srivastava said that on Tuesday, 2,72,452 students skipped their exams. This is the largest number of students who skipped exam in a single day during any examination year in UP, as quoted by The Hindustan Times.
Although, the number is bound to go up as final numbers from all the districts are yet to be compiled and it is expected that the reason behind so many students purposely not giving the exam is that CCTV cameras and voice recorder system used to fight mass copying has been used this time, said, Srivastava.
The Uttar Pradesh government had said that it might use the stringent National Security Act (NSA) against those who aid and abet cheating during board exams. “We will take stringent action against those who run gangs that aid the use of unfair means during board exams, change answer sheets, leak question papers and resort to other mass-copying antics. We will take stringent action against them and not hesitate,” the minister had said.
To save the future of thousands of children who take the test, the UP government have been taking these measures. Observers believe that the warning is also one of the reasons why so many students have skipped their exams.