More than 200 students were caught cheating in the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) examination in Bhind district on the first day on Tuesday. Students were caught with chit papers and mobile phones inside examination halls.
The district has earned a dubious reputation after more than 1000 cheating cases were reported last year. This year administration earmarked at least 42 centres as highly sensitive and 38 sensitive of the total 92 centres where the Class 10 and 12 board exams are being held. Heavy police deployment was also made at exam centres.
The administration had also launched several awareness campaigns against mass copying in the district. Belying expectations, cheating reports emerged from several centres and 212 students were caught red handed while copying on Tuesday.
Collector Illiyaraja T suspended a centre superintendent Ramendra Singh, an invigilator Kishanpal Singh and a clerk Pradeep Bhatele for allegedly failing to check cheating. The collector also served a show cause notice to sub divisional magistrate BB Agnihotri, who was acting as an observer.
According to sources, cheating was reported at several centres, except from the exam centres in Raun and Lahar blocks. In Hevatpura village, the flying squad caught students with mobile phones inside exam centres, while at a school at Barohi village, a clerk Pradeep Bhatele was suspended for allegedly helping students in mass copying. An FIR was also lodged against him. A centre in Tehangur area was changed in the last hour following irregularities.
Bhind’s district education officer SN Tiwari said, “This year, we are not going to spare anybody. Strict action will be taken against the authorities if they fail in discharging their duties properly. FIRs will also be lodged against person responsible for mass copying.”
Meanwhile, police are gearing up to check cheating in the next exam. SP Navneet Bhasin said, “As far as cheating is concerned, it is not possible to stop in a day. We had formed a team of eight people for frisking, but due to the strike of patwaris now only five people are present at each centre. But we are trying our best…Today, we have taken strict action so that nobody could even try to cheat in the next paper.”
28 caught in Morena
In Morena, 28 students were caught copying at different centres across the district. In Banmore, an exam centre superintendent was served show cause notice, while a teacher of the same school was served notice for failing to check cheating.
Students get Class 11 paper at Satna centre
Examinees were distributed question paper of Class 11 at an exam centre in Satna district. The papers were changed after students created ruckus inside the examination hall. The test finally began after two hours.