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Chit funda: Testing times for invigilators

IT?S EXAMINATION time, and preparations are in full swing. Most are studying. But, some are busy ?adding? special pockets to their skirts, trousers or shirts. Cargo pants are in demand, too. Why? Because such pockets help conceal ?answer-chits?.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 00:52 IST

IT’S EXAMINATION time, and preparations are in full swing. Most are studying. But, some are busy ‘adding’ special pockets to their skirts, trousers or shirts. Cargo pants are in demand, too. Why? Because such pockets help conceal ‘answer-chits’.

“Even I was taken aback. But there was little that I could do,” an invigilator said, adding the number of women in flying squads and on invigilation duty had to be increased if the ‘ingenious’ practice had to be checked. The good old salwar kameez, too, was a trusted ‘ally’ of some. Girls alone can’t be blamed.

What about the boys? “Oh, boys will be boys. Right from putting chits inside pan masala pouches, to shoving them into their trousers, to scribbling notes on seats, to frequently running to the toilet where they have hidden their stock, boys have a bag of tricks to test the skills of invigilators,” said the principal of an Inter college.

And what do they do if they are caught? While girls generally start crying and plead to be excused, saying that otherwise their “proposed marriage” will be ruined, boys generally ‘swallow’ the stuff to escape punishment.

“An examinee, who was caught using unfair means, swallowed chits right in front of me. According to the rules, the proof of cheating, too, has to be attached along with a report before a student can be booked for using unfair means.

Many examinees go scot-free due to lack of proof,” a flying squad member said.

Of late, private schools, in a bid to attract more students, have taken the responsibility of passing the examinees with good marks. During the UP board examinations last year, officials of the education department blacklisted scores of schools whose officials were helping students bend the rules, either by providing a solver or by allowing them to copy freely. There is no dearth of such schools in the state capital. Mobile phones also come handy for copycats.

During the just concluded law examinations at LU, an examinee was caught copying. Investigations revealed that he spoke for about 20 minutes on the phone from the examination hall.