To prevent students from exchanging notes or resorting to other means of copying during exams, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) this year will be setting up a vigilance committee at all the 5,777 SSC and HSC examination centres in the state.
No cheating: The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher
Secondary Education will be setting up a vigilance committee at every
one of the 5,777 SSC and HSC exam centres in the state.
Last year the board had roped in activists, NGOs and education board officials as vigilantes. This year also, the board will have board and government officials, parents and school representatives to keep an eye on students.
Last week more than 200 principals of aided and unaided schools met MSBSHSE officials to discuss ways to prevent cheating during examinations, and a decision to set up the committees and flying squads was taken at the meeting.
"We have also informed school managements to conduct counselling sessions to make students understand the ill effects of cheating. Besides the committees, we have also increased the number of flying squads, who will randomly carry out inspection," said an official from the board.
Students who are found cheating will be failed that year and also will not be allowed to appear for the exams next year. The board has declared that if more than five cases are found at a centre, then its teachers will not get their pay for that month and if more than 10 cases of copying are found, the centre will be banned from conducting any examination from next year onwards. The HSC (Std XII) exams will begin on February 23, while the SSC exams will begin on March 1.