As class X and XII students gear up to prepare for their board exams, the Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is trying to ensure that the examinations are carried out without any glitch.
The main focus of the board is on curbing malpractices and cheating. This year, the board will deploy 250 flying squads, who will visit centres regularly, which in the past have had complaints of malpractice and cheating. Five more squads have been added as compared to last year.
“We want to ensure that there are no cases of cheating. We are doing our best to reach out to all centres and build strategies to tackle this problem,” said Gangadhar Mamane, chairperson of the board.
In addition to flying squads, the board is also making arrangements to reach out to every taluka and has set up vigilance committees and made district collectors a part of the team. “We had a meeting with the education inspectors, deputy directors of education and the superintendent of police in every district to put a strategy in place to ensure that there are no malpractices,” said Laxmikant Pande, chairperson of the board’s Mumbai division.
Of these, 35 are for the Mumbai division which consists of over 210 centres. “There are not many cheating cases in Mumbai. It’s been observed that the majority of such cases are reported from rural areas,” said Anil Deshmukh, professor at Sathaye College, Vile Parle. During the HSC exams in March 2013, Mumbai registered 92 cases of copying and Nagpur 764 cases.
The board has also warned students against writing anything on the answer sheets that might disclose their identity.