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Cheating-proofed: 135 centres identified as ‘sensitive’ for Punjab board exams. Ferozepur has 32

As many as 135 examination centres for the upcoming Class 10 and 12 examinations have been declared “sensitive” by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB).

punjab Updated: Feb 27, 2017 11:45 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
This year, 3.76 lakh students will sit for the Class 12 board exam while 4.12 lakh students will appear for the Class 10 exam, in Punjab.
This year, 3.76 lakh students will sit for the Class 12 board exam while 4.12 lakh students will appear for the Class 10 exam, in Punjab.(Representative Image)

As many as 135 examination centres for the upcoming Class 10 and 12 examinations have been declared “sensitive” by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). This means there are high chances of candidates using unfair means in the exams in the centres.

This year, 3.76 lakh students will sit for the Class 12 board exam while 4.12 lakh students will appear for the Class 10 exam. As many as 2,742 examination centres have been set up across the state.

At 32, Ferozepur district has the highest number of sensitive centres, followed by Rupnagar (18) and Mansa (15). None of the centres has been declared sensitive in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, SAS Nagar, Moga, Sangrur, Nawanshahr, Fatehgarh Sahib and Faridkot districts.

The Class 12 and 10 examinations are to begin on February 28 and March 14, respectively.

District-wise sensitive centres
  • Ferozepur: 32
  • Rupnagar: 18
  • Mansa: 15
  • Fazilka: 12
  • Tarn Taran: 10
  • Hoshiarpur: 9
  • Jalandhar: 9
  • Bathinda: 7
  • Muktsar: 7
  • Kapurthala: 5
  • Barnala: 5
  • Pathankot: 4
  • Gurdaspur: 2
  • Total : 135

Talking to HT, PSEB chairman Balbir Singh Dhol said: “Special arrangements will be made at these sensitive centres. The number of flying squads will be increased and observers will be deputed to check cheating and use of unfair means. The observers will also informed about their duty three hours before the exam begins.”

To help maintain law and order, the board has also requested deputy commissioners and senior superintendents of police of all districts to depute cops near the centres.

What are sensitive centres?

Sensitive centres are those where students have been caught copying in previous years, and those located in remote areas where students are vulnerable to adopt unfair means. The education board maintains extra vigilance at these centres, with flying squad conducting surprise inspections.