Now, district education officers (DEOs) would also be equally responsible if cheating is found rampant in the examination centres in their respective areas.
Also, the students would not get water inside the examination hall as no peons would be allowed to enter the classroom during the exams, according to Principal secretary, school education, Anjali Bhawra.
In order to keep a tab on students indulging in cheating and invigilators on duty, the education department has decided that apart from examination controllers, the action would also be taken against DEOs (secondary).
"The DEOs should keep in mind that no such centre superintendent and supervisors be appointed whose track record is under scanner. The duties should be allotted to sincere teachers only" said Bhawra in the instructions issued to the DEOs.
They would also have to ensure that examination controllers and the centre superintendents are not allowed to miss the duties assigned to them.
"The DEOs should inform the board immediately if any of the supervisors is not performing their duties properly so that immediate action should be taken," she said while adding that if the teacher is not keeping well then he has to submit a medical certificate to the DEO concerned, issued by the senior medical officer of the city's civil hospital.
The certificate would be verified by the civil surgeon. "If the teacher is actually found ill, DEOs could assign the duty to other teacher and would inform the board," she added.
The main gates of examination centres would not be locked to ensure uninterrupted entry of the flying squads. Besides, the local authorities would have to ensure that unauthorised persons are not allowed to enter the centre.
She added that action would be taken against the principals or school examination controllers of the centres who would send their own representatives to do their duties.
She also added that legal action would be taken against the students caught cheating and the controllers responsible for the menace.