Cheating in examinations has been a growing menace over the years. Students at all the levels are known to turn towards cheating once they lose confidence in their own ability. Leaking of examination papers is also a part of much desperation shown by the students.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to buy 8,000 metal detectors to frisk candidates appearing for professional examinations conducted by it. The purpose is to check unfair practices using hi-tech gadgets.
Candidates will be frisked before entering the examination centre for detection of bugs or devices by use of highly sensitive hand-held bug and metal detectors. This is to curb unfair practices.
Earlier, CBSE hired metal detectors which were proving to be a costly proposition, so, it's planning to buy them. It has invited bids for 8,000 bug and metal detectors (CBSE has more than 17,000 schools, including 200 in 21 countries outside India).
It is said that the bug or metal Detectors provided for frisking should be able to detect any prohibited metallic or electronics devices, copper, aluminum, silver, wire, cell battery, watch battery, miniature electronic gadget or photovoltaic equipment, etc. also, the consideration will be given to domestically manufactured electronic products as per government policy.
The main reason behind this step is to curb cheating as the AIPMT exam for 2015 had been cancelled and held again after complaints of large scale prevalence of unfair practices.