Students appearing for school secondary certificate (SSC) and higher secondary certificate (HSC) examination in February and March will be receiving the invigilator’s strict attention to prevent any malpractice in the examination. The Mumbai division board will concentrate on small centres where cases of cheating are found in plenty.
“Over the period, the number of cases of copying in the examination have decreased. But we are very serious about making examination completely free of copying,” said Laxmikant Pandey, chairman, Mumbai division of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE).
He said that the cases of using unfair means in the examination are reported from small centres where the infrastructure is not good. “In Mumbai division, most of the centres are in the urban areas and few of them are in rural areas. So, the cases of copying in the examination are also less,” said Pandey. However, he said that there would be strict invigilation in those centres.
As per an RTI query, a total of 71 students were caught while copying in the examination in 2012. “The board must come up with strict guidelines to stop it completely,” said Sudhir Dani, an education activist.
According to Dani, there is provision of action against invigilators if any student is found copying in the examination in their presence. “In the last couple of years, the board hasn’t taken action against guilty teachers,” said Dani.
According to a board official, a teacher’s daily allowance is deducted if student is found cheating in the former’s presence. The daily allowance is Rs50.