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Friday , February 21 , 2014
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Cheat checks for Madhyamik

File picture of students taking the Madhyamik last year in a school near Calcutta. Over 10 lakh students will write this year’s Madhyamik at 2,661 centres in the state

Video vigil and blanket ban on assembly of outsiders within 100 metres of exam venues have been lined up to cure the scourge of cheating at Madhyamik this year.

Other than candidates and officials on exam duty, nobody would be allowed within 100 metres of the centres during the exam from February 24 to March 6, said Kalyanmoy Ganguly, the president of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, on Thursday.

He warned that action would be taken against anybody found assembling in front of any of the 2,661 exam venues across the state.

The board had also decided to deploy nearly 190 mobile teams, comprising police officers and district administration officials, to take video images of outsiders.

“Each district will get 10 mobile teams who will rush to a centre in case of trouble such as outsiders trying to disrupt the exam. The heads of schools have been instructed to contact the teams immediately if they come across any unruly gathering outside their institution,” an official said.

The video footage will help in identifying and booking offenders.

The move follows last year’s reports of outsiders trespassing on school premises during exams to supply answers written on small pieces of paper to the examinees.

Ganguly said the board has drawn up anti-cheating measures for examination halls too.

Arrangements have been made to ensure that invigilators under no circumstance allow students to cheat. “Action will be taken against invigilators if the board notices lapses on their part,” the board chief said.

Invigilators and non-teaching staff would not be allowed to carry mobile phones to the exam halls as part of an effort to curb the menace of question paper leaks after distribution to the candidates.

The board has also asked school heads to stop teachers and staff on exam duty from leaving the premises until the test is over.

It had been noticed that the supply of answer chits starts once the questions are smuggled out.

Ganguly said 10,50,859 candidates would write Madhyamik 2014, nearly 14,000 more than last year.