Even as the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) claimed to have made elaborate arrangements for examinations this time, question papers of Class-12 general English were distributed late at some centres on Saturday.
Officials said the sealed bundles containing questions papers that were received from the bank were less in number.The dates of the Punjab board examinations for Class 12 were to begin on February 25 but were extended by a few days due to the civic body polls that recently concluded across the state.
The examination which started on Saturday will conclude on March 24.
“A total of 227 students were to appear at the centre. We received 195 papers, 32 less in number. We asked the students who didn’t get the question papers to shift to another classroom. The students who were given question papers late were given extra time,” said Kamaljot Kaur, principal, Government Senior Secondary School, Ladowali Road.
HT visited a few centres and found that though the examination started at 2 pm, students without question papers kept on waiting for about half an hour. They finally got papers at 2.30pm.
Question papers received at Government Model Senior Secondary School were also less in number.
An exam observer on the condition of anonymity said sealed question papers arrive through bank with centre number
imprinted on the bundle.
“The board is aware of the fact as how many students are appearing at a particular centre. Despite this, the problem occurred,” he added.
District education officer (secondary) Harinderpal Singh said, “Teachers were given instructions that if they received less question papers they could ask the nearby schools to provide them with these if they had surplus papers.”
Despite claims of a strong anti-cheating campaign in place, as many as nine Class-12 students were caught indulging in unfair means on the first day of examinations.
These cases were detected by the flying squad lead by district science supervisor Baljinder Singh.
District examination controller Rajiv Joshi said two students were caught using pocket-size guides at Government High School, Adara Mann, as many caught using chits at Government Senior Secondary School, Nangal Ambia, and five were caught cheating at Public Senior Secondary School, Shahkot.
Joshi said the Adar Mann centre had students from open school while the rest of the two had regular students.
“A case of using unfair means has been made against all of them and a report has been forwarded to the board,” he said, adding that 12 flying squads visited 45 centres on Saturday.