PSEB ex­ams: 1,200 un­fair means cases de­tected

HT Ludhiana Live - - Education - Shailee Dogra shailee.dogra@hin­dus­tan­times.com SAS NA­GAR:

Aim­ing for good re­sults in board ex­am­i­na­tions, stu­dents do not hes­i­tate from opt­ing for un­fair means and this trend is ev­i­dent from the fact that over 1,200 un­fair means cases (UMC) were de­tected by the Pun­jab School Ed­u­ca­tion Board (PSEB) in the ex­am­i­na­tions held in March.

Us­ing chits in board ex­am­i­na­tions re­mained the most pop­u­lar method for cheat­ing be­ing used by school stu­dents.

Of the to­tal 1,228 cases de­tected, 619 were de­tected in Class 12 boards, while 609 were de­tected in Class 10 ex­am­i­na­tions. Last year, about 238 cases of un­fair means were de­tected.

Though in iso­lated cases stu­dents were caught us­ing Blue­tooth to cheat, in a large num­ber of UMC cases stu­dents were caught us­ing tra­di­tional method of chits, which was ev­i­dent from the loads of chits re­cov­ered by the fly­ing squad dur­ing sur­prise check­ing at ex­am­i­na­tions cen­tres. Most un­fair means cases were de­tected in the ex­am­i­na­tion of English, Pun­jabi and math­e­mat­ics.

“Dur­ing checks we mostly found stu­dents us­ing chits. They keep th­ese chits in their shoes, so be­fore let­ting the stu­dents in the ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tre they were asked to re­move shoes for check­ing,” a mem­ber of the fly­ing squad said.

An­other mem­ber said, “There were stu­dents wear­ing neatly tied tur­bans that were used to con­ceal Blue­tooth, but th­ese in­ci­dents were very few. Girls mostly had th­ese chits in the hem­ming of the shirts.”

Talk­ing about dif­fer­ent ways of cheat­ing, sources in the ed­u­ca­tion board said, “Not this year, but two years back we have de­tected mass copy­ing be­ing done at a cen­tre with the help of songs be­ing played at a nearby shop. Each song played at the shop was a code to the an­swers.”

The sources added that this year mostly chits were used for cheat­ing and no such com­plaint of such kind had been re­ceived.

Apart from this, a few mem­bers of the su­per­vi­sory staff also faced the heat for us­ing mo­bile phones dur­ing duty hours, af­ter com­plaints that the staff was us­ing the same for get­ting cheat­ing done dur­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion.

“Cheat­ing can only be con­trolled with check­ing and com­mit­ment of the staff. The co­or­di­na­tion among the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment and the ed­u­ca­tion board helped put a cap on the mal­prac­tices. We would be tak­ing strict ac­tion against stu­dents caught cheat­ing,” Tejinder Kaur Dhali­wal, chair­per­son, PSEB, said.

She added, “This year ow­ing to strict­ness and zero tol­er­ance, the de­tec­tion of the cases of un­fair means have gone up. Im­me­di­ately, the staff was changed and even green cards of the mem­bers of the fly­ing squad were changed. More than 75 cen­tres were can­celled from where cheat­ing was re­ported.”

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