LUCKNOW || At a time when the Coronavirus pandemic has brought the whole world to the knees and has rendered a body blow to the education system, especially in India, Uttar Pradesh is set to write history on Saturday noon. This, as the collective hard work of hundreds and thousands of teachers and staff, led by principal secretary of Secondary Education Aradhana Shukla, has resulted in an early announcement of the class Xth and class XIIth results of the UP Board.
The COVID-19 crisis hit the examinations and the ISCE and CBSE struggled to even complete the exam schedule the UP Board is going to announce the results of over 56 lakh students on Saturday. The staggering number of the results that are likely to be announced is not just mind-boggling, what is even more pleasantly surprising is that despite the nationwide lockdown the evaluation of over 3.5 crore copies was completed in a record three weeks.
“The evaluation of the copies started on March 18 and within three weeks, despite the heavy constraints of the COVID lockdown, we managed to complete the onerous task”, principal secretary secondary education Aradhana Shukla told The News Agency over the phone.
She added that she was elated that the whole department came together, overcame the fear the dreaded virus brought with it, and accomplished the task. Over 1.2 lakh teachers checked the answer sheets, she further informed.
“It’s a happy feeling,” she said with a chuckle. Sources in the department informed that the lady bureaucrat led from the front and took everybody along with the sole target fo ensuring that the task set before us by the state government of the timely academic calendar was fulfilled within the stipulated timeline.
UP Board has been notorious for cheating, mass copying and delayed academic session but things seem to have changed drastically under the present regime.
This year the class Xth exams were completed in a record 12 days and that of class XIIth in fifteen days. Deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma has also been the guiding force in the turn around of the UP Board as he set out a tough and time-bound matrix for the department.
Results of the UP Board, which is also the largest educational board in the world, will be announced at a presser by deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma, who has been credited with the image makeover of the UP Board and the turn around in UP’s education system.