Six private students appearing for Class 10 were caught cheating during the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) annual exam of English on Tuesday.
Talking to Hindustan Times, deputy district education officer (DEO), secondary, Charanjit Singh, confirmed the development. He said during a visit to Government Senior Secondary School, Payal-2, six boys were found using chits.
He said, "I recovered the chits from students' pockets, shirts, and trousers. A few chits were hand-written and some were printed. These six students were sitting in two different classrooms for the exam. Their answer sheets were sent to the Board to decide the further course of action. The students have been booked for using unfair means. They were given fresh sheets for exam and warned against repeating the misconduct. The supervisors on duty have also been relieved."
As many as 17 flying squads visited 312 examination centres for checking. A total of 37,672 students of Class 10 appeared in the exam.
Last year, during English exam deputy district education officer (secondary) Charanjit Singh caught five students while cheating. Chits were recovered from five students of Government High School, Rasulra.
Amrita Ghai, a student, said, "The comprehension part in the English question paper was tough and it will be difficult to score above 70 in the paper."
A flying team from PSEB visited the Government Senior Secondary School, Talwandi Rai-1 on Tuesday, and relieved art and craft teacher, Bahadur Singh from examination duty. The reason is not reported by the flying team to the district education department.
In the science exam of Class 10 that was held on March 20, no cheating case was reported.