Public Examinations Bill 2024: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Public Examination (Prevention of Unfair Means) Bill, 2024, aimed at curbing malpractices and irregularities in entrance examinations. This legislation, introduced to prevent the use of unfair means in exams, was presented in the parliament to address the issues related to malpractices in entrance exams, particularly the leaking of question papers.
Key Provisions of the Bill
The legislation explicitly prohibits activities such as leaking question papers or answer keys, providing unauthorized assistance to candidates during exams, and tampering with computer networks, resources, and systems related to examinations. Offenders engaging in such activities may face criminal charges.
Financial Implications for Wrongdoers
The bill outlines strict penalties for those found guilty of organized crimes related to examination malpractices. In addition to imprisonment for a minimum of five years, extendable up to ten years, the legislation empowers authorities to seize the properties of the offenders. Moreover, a hefty fine, potentially reaching up to one crore, may be imposed on the wrongdoers.
Focus on Transparent Examination System
The proposed legislation aligns with the government’s commitment to ensuring transparency, impartiality, and reliability in competitive examinations. Addressing concerns about the rise in instances of students resorting to suicide due to examination-related stress, the central minister, Jitendra Singh, emphasized the government’s dedication to creating an inclusive and fair examination system.
New Education Policy’s Perspective
Under the new education policy, students will have the opportunity to study various subjects and choose career options. The bill dismisses the statement made by DMK MP Kanimozhi about language bias in exams and emphasizes the government’s efforts to conduct recruitment exams by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), and other organizations in all 22 scheduled Indian languages, including those in the eighth schedule. The objective is to extend recruitment exams to cover all 22 Indian languages listed in the eighth schedule.