| Students outside a matriculation examination centre in Bhubaneswar on Monday. Picture by Sanjib Mukherjee |
Cuttack, Feb. 25: About 654 students were booked for malpractice and two others arrested on charges of impersonation on the first day of the annual high school certificate examinations today.
An invigilator in Balasore was also suspended for abetting malpractice.
“Based on the report of the district education officer, we have suspended Kailash Chandra Behera, who was caught dictating answers to some persons on mobile phone,” said Board of Secondary Education president Dakshya Prasad Nanda, adding that Jajpur topped the malpractice list with 87 cases.
Some incidents of impersonation were reported from the Government Girls’ High School in Puri and the Government High School in Baliguda, Kandhamal.
Balasore district education officer has also issued showcause notices to five staff members of three different schools allegedly for not maintaining adequate vigil for the safety of question paper-cum-answer booklets at their respective centres.
The first day of the matriculation exam, in which students appeared for the Odia paper, saw various other irregularities too. About 84 students in three schools of Keonjhar were initially denied entry into the exam hall because of non-issuance of admit cards.
“We had found the students to be fake earlier. However, after an inquiry by the district education officer, the students were allowed to appear for the exam,” Nanda added.
Similarly, the exam was delayed by about 30 minutes at a centre in Kishore Nagar, Cuttack, because of scarcity of question papers.
However, board officials said the question papers were soon brought from nearby nodal centres and the affected students were given extra time.
Banai MLA Bhimsen Choudhury is among the 5.97 lakh candidates appearing for the matriculation exams at 2,095 centres across the state this year. Three under trial prisoners are also taking the exam from Berhampur jail.