Around 100 students were expelled from different centres for practising unfair means during the Class X board examination that started on Wednesday with the English language paper.
According to Bihar School Examination Board officials, Nawada recorded the highest number of such cases, where 56 students were expelled. Of the 56, six students appeared in the examination in place of others. Arwal witnessed 13 such cases while Gaya had the least number with 10 such cases.
This year, around 13.68 lakh students are appearing in the exam, with 7.63 lakh male candidates and 6.05 lakh female candidates. The number is 1 lakh more compared to last year when around 12,66,000 students took the test.
Board chairman Rajmani Prasad Singh visited four schools in Patna to assess the situation. “Students found using unfair means will be dealt strictly under the Bihar School Examination Board Act, 1981. Though action will be taken against the students, the school authorities will not be spared also,” he said.
The board has set up 1,902 examination centres across the state for smooth functioning of the examination. Patna district has the highest number of centres with 104 while Sheohar has the least with nine centres.
The board has also constituted flying squads, comprising teachers, who will visit schools and make regular inspection to supervise the examination process.
The students seemed happy after appearing for the English paper. Sikha Prasad, a student whose examination centre was at Government Girls’ High School, Shastri Nagar, said: “The paper was easy and scoring, as most of the questions were asked from the syllabus.”