West Bengal suspends internet in some areas as class 10 board exam begins

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Calcutta : Secondary or Class-10 board exams in West Bengal started on March 7, as 11,18,821 candidates wrote their first language question papers in 4,194 centers across the state.

The test was conducted from 11 a.m. to 3.15 p.m., following all the Covid protocols. One hour and 15 minutes after the commencement of the examination, no candidate was allowed to leave the examination hall.

An official of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education said that the first day ended very smoothly.

The man further said that CCTV has been installed at several centers across the state as it is believed that some students have hidden textbooks and paper chits in the building.

The government has temporarily suspended internet services in some areas of the state to curb unethical practices, officials said.

The move came after secondary examination papers were leaked on social media platforms in 2019 and 2020 by some examination centers in Malda and Murshidabad districts of the state.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted all the candidates.

“Good luck to the secondary examinees, 2022. This is the first big test of your life. Be confident, you are sure to succeed. Appeal to everyone to cooperate in smooth management of huge practice. All the best, my dear students,” he tweeted.

Last year, the test could not be held due to the increase in Covid-19 cases.

Students were given scores based on an assessment format that considered internal assessment performance, among other parameters.

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