The Uttar Pradesh government is likely to introduce an "open book system" for students taking standard 10 and 12 examinations of the UP Board from the next academic session.
At a meeting of the education department, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav asked minister for secondary education Balram Yadav and principal secretary Jitendra Kumar to submit a plan to roll out the "open book examination system" in the state, a system that is popular in Europe.
"The chief minister has been concerned over the menace of copying in examinations in the state, especially during the Board exams. The education mafia has penetrated deep and is ruining the education system and careers of students. He has taken note of the open book system in various countries and came to the conclusion that the system will help check mass scale copying during exams," said a senior officer present in the meeting.
The chief minister was reviewing the progress of the education department when he asked Balram Yadav and Jitendra Kumar to submit an action plan so that the system could be implemented from the academic year of 2016-17.
While the UP secondary and higher secondary education boards have the highest number of students in the world taking exams every year, it is also infamous because of allegations of rampant copying.
Source: Rahul Pandey, City Journalist - Lucknow, CollegeDekho