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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chanchal administrations accused of violating sound regulations before HS exam

Malda, 12 March, 2015: Violation of sound restriction regulations by Chanchal sub division administrations 24 hours before the commencement of Higher Secondary (HS) examinations has drawn flak from academic circles. Though the sub divisional officer (SDO), Chanchal Mr Pallambalam S offered apologies as criticism from different ends poured in, additional district magistrate – general (ADM-G) Debatosh Mandal said that a report with regard to violation of sound restriction was sought from the sub divisional administrations today.

It may be mentioned that the HS examinations under old syllabus commenced from today in the state. The examinations under new syllabus would commence from Friday and continue till 31 March.

Restriction on the use of microphones and loudspeakers comes into effect from 24 hours before the commencement of such examinations. The restrictions continue till the last day of the written examinations.

But, loudspeakers were indiscriminately used on Wednesday from 4 pm to 10 pm as the district backward class welfare department organized a programme of local folk songs (Gambhira) in Chanchal with an eye to canvassing for the different schemes of the state government as alleged by the guardians of some HS examinees. The programme was kicked off by ADM (Zilla Parishad) Amalkanti Ray.

At least a dozen of microphones and large sound boxes were used in the programme allegedly to much woe of the examinees. The guardians alleged that the venue of the programme was located centrally which caused a further nuisance to the examinees.

Abdus Samad, uncle of an examinee said, “We were awestruck at the indiscriminate use of microphones only 24 hours before the crucial HS examination commences. SDO and SDPO Kaustuvdipta Acharjee enjoyed the programme for long. The examinees were helpless though.”

SDO Mr Pallambalam S however regretted the use of microphone before the HS examinations. “We are sorry for what happened,” he told the media today. However, the SDPO Mr Acharya preferred to remain reticent on his presence in the programme.

ADM – G Mr Mandal said, “The allegations raised against the Chanchal sub divisional administrations are being looked into. A report has been sought from SDO Chanchal in this regard.”

Meanwhile, it has been learnt from district education department sources that 39,456 candidates including 19,798 girls are taking HS examinations from Malda this year. The examinations would be conducted in 101 venues under 15 centers in the district.

District inspector of schools – secondary education (DIS-SE) Asish Choudhury said that CCTVs would be installed in 33 vulnerable centers where adoption of unfair means was allegedly rampant last year.

“Tight security arrangements around the examination venues have been ensured by district police department. Special measure would be taken in Kaliachak so that traffic congestion does not deter the examinees from reaching examination centers smoothly,” Mr Choudhury added. 

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