Copycats beware. For the ingenious ways you may devise to copy during exams, the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Board can prove to be a good match.
The Kolhapur division of the HSSC Board has barred students from entering the examination hall with footwear on.
“Formerly, invigilators used to check students’ pockets for copy chits,” said Ujjwaladevi Patil, chairperson of Kolhapur Divisional Board. “However, the measure was found to be ineffective as students started smuggling copying material in shoes and socks.”
The Board’s Kolhapur division, which comprises three districts — Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur — had run a trial at two centres in Satara last year. This year, however, the measure is being implemented at all centres of Kolhapur division.
Parents have welcomed the move. “It’s a good step towards bringing down malpractice during exams. It ensures that copycats are exposed while meritorious students get their due,” said Pune resident Sharad Joshi whose daughter is appearing for the exam from Kolhapur city this year.
HSSC student Vishram Devkate (17) from Satara city echoed the view. “It hardly makes a difference whether or not we have footwear on in the exam hall…Many students carry chits tucked in their shoes specially made to smuggle such material.”
The Board authorities say the decision is proving helpful. “The level of malpractices has fallen in Kolhapur division,” said Vijaysheela Sardesari, chairperson of HSSC Board.