As the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) Class-10 board exams began on Friday, 21 cases of cheating were reported from across the state.
Two examination centres in Amritsar were cancelled reportedly following mass copying. The exam for these centres will be held later.
It was the science exam on Friday and as per the PSEB data, the maximum eight cheating cases were reported from Kapurthala, three from Amritsar, two each from Faridkot, Ferozepur, Rupnagar and Pathankot, and one case each was reported from Fazilka and Patiala.
The two centres which were cancelled in Amritsar are SC High School and LB Senior Secondary School. The exam at these two centres was cancelled after the flying squad observed mass copying. According to the PSEB officials, action would be initiated against school principals and staff on duty.
Meanwhile, the PSEB has also cancelled five centres for the ongoing Class-12 board exams. These centres are two each in Tarn Taran and Fazilka and one in Ferozepur. The exams for these centres will be held later.
PSEB chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal said all measures were being taken to ensure that cheating in the board exams was curbed. “Our officials are on duty checking cheating cases at various centres. Our only aim is to get the exams conducted in a fair manner,” she added.
Board officials said a report on the centres where the cheating cases had been reported or the ones where the exam had been cancelled was being prepared, following which action would be taken.