Punjab govt takes measures to curb cheating menace

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Old 03-Mar-2011
Punjab govt takes measures to curb cheating menace

Chandigarh March 3:

Punjab Government has decided to fix the responsibility of checking the menace of cheating during Board examinations with all District Education Officers (DEOs), who would be provided with more invigilators or flying squad for better monitoring and strict vigilance.

The move aims at curbing the menace of cheating in the forthcoming Class X and XII examinations conducted by the Punjab State Education Board (PSEB). “This time we are putting more vigilance, strict monitoring while conducting the Board exams in March. For the first time, we have entrusted the DEOs across State with the responsibility of conducting fair exams,” said Punjab Director General of School Education (DGSE) Baldeo Purushartha.

“The DEOs will be made responsible to keep a strict vigil and effectively monitor the entire examination process in their areas. They have been instructed to take stern action against anyone using any kind of unfair mean during exams,” he said, adding that such instances were more reported during Class X and XII examinations.
It has been learnt that some organised rackets are facilitating the “cheaters” to get through exams by “mass copying”, by shelling huge money from their pockets. The problem is severe in the remote and rural areas of the State. The Board had to cancel examinations following circulation of question paper outside the examination centres, while the exam was still on.

“We have initiated this step to bring reforms in the examination system. The cheating and use of unfair means during examination is a major problem and checking it is our responsibility,” added Purushartha. “Better and stricter monitoring will be carry out with the help of a large number of invigilators. Their rounds to the examination halls will be more frequent than before. Their number will now be in thousands from hundreds. The size of flying squads will be large,” said Purushartha.

“Also, the authorities concerned have been directed to identify the problem areas, where such instances are on rise during the previous exams. The vigilance would be put in accordance with the gravity of the problem,” he added. Over three lakh students will appear in Class X second semester examinations during March, with nearly two lakh appearing for Class XII. A total of 3,42,213 students appeared for the first semester exams of Class X in September, out of which 2,21,258 students cleared their examinations.

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