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M.P. exam boards to get transfer powers

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‘This is being considered as a measure to break copying cartels’

Stung by the Vyapam scam, that saw large-scale copying and rigging of exams for entry into professional courses and led to the ordering of a CBI probe, the Madhya Pradesh government will be empowering its school examination boards to transfer education department officials before crucial board exams.

This was disclosed at a meeting in Delhi where Education and Culture Ministers of nine BJP-ruled States (in three other States where they are in a coalition, neither portfolio is with BJP MLAs) were present, along with Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani and Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma. The meeting was held under the aegis of the BJP’s good governance cell.

BJP vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe confirmed that the scheme had been discussed. “It has nothing to do with Vyapam. This is for SSC and HSC exams. But yes, this is being considered as a measure to break copying cartels in the State,” he said.

The Jharkhand government’s scheme for education of the girl child titled “Pehle Padhai, Phir Vidai” (First education, then marriage), which stressed on completion of school education by every girl child, will be adopted by other State governments.

The Maharashtra government’s plans to introduce career guidance for those who could not clear their matriculation exams was also appreciated, as was the Chhattisgarh government’s Sarawati Cycle Yojana which distributed bicycles to girl students and saw enrolments soar from 63 per cent to 95 per cent.

This being the 125th birth anniversary year of Bhimrao Ambedkar, Education Ministers in BJP-ruled States have been told to lay special emphasis on making sure that the reserved quota for the Scheduled Caste students is filled.

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