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On guard, exam centres

For their own sake, schools and junior colleges will have to get more vigilant and prevent cheating in the board examinations this year, reports Kiran Wadhwa.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2009 01:59 IST
Kiran Wadhwa

For their own sake, schools and junior colleges will have to get more vigilant and prevent cheating in the board examinations this year.

The education board plans to penalise the supervisor of the classroom and the principal of the centre where the examination is underway if a student is caught cheating and an inquiry reveals lapses in invigilation.

“Connivance with the supervisor while cheating is not uncommon and it is the supervisor’s duty to ensure a fair examination, so it amounts to dereliction of duty (if there is cheating),” said Basanti Roy, divisional secretary, Mumbai division, SSC and HSC board.

At the board exam level, flying squads visit centres for random checks to catch cheating students.

If a striking similarity in answers of two students is detected during the answer-sheet correction stage, it can also be considered as cheating on the part of the students.

Till now, there used to be a provision to question the supervisor, but a statement from the examination centre would be about as far the matter would go.

Now, a committee will investigate the role of the supervisor in a case of cheating. The action against a supervisor found guilty can go up to suspension, depending on the degree of involvement in the offence.

Since the supervisor reports to him, the principal of the centre will also be held accountable.

“This move will improve standard of vigilance. But these things are done smartly and can skip even an alert eye,” said Nafisa Bhinderwala, headmistress of Children’s Academy, Kandivli.

The board will also check details of the internal oral examinations. All schools have been sent a circular that they will be held responsible in case of discrepancies between marks obtained in internal and external exams.