In a first, the education board has planned to ban mobile phones of teachers and officers deputed at the centres, which will be equipped with CCTV cameras. Also, there will be special centres for women at the sub-division level. The number of centres headed by women staff at the division level has been fixed at 45.
HPBoSE chairman Suresh Kumar Soni said Shimla has 238 centres, of which 135 are yet to be equipped with CCTV cameras. He added that Solan district, which has 139 centres, of which 60 are yet to be prepared, is also lagging.
Earlier, there were no such strict guidelines for CCTV cameras but this time, the board has made these mandatory, he said. “Lahaul Spiti is the toughest district of the state and it is yet to inform us about preparations of the centres,” said Soni.
Hamirpur district ranks at the top with all 130 centres ready to hold examinations.
Examination centres dedicated for women will have woman superintendent and deputy superintendent. Also, the board has made three kinds of flying squads. Out of all 1,979 centres selected to host exams, 1,556 are prepared and only 406 are left.