Focus on stricter action to tame copycats - Govt mulls extending imprisonment for exam malpractice from months to years

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  • Published 17.07.13

Bhubaneswar, July 16: The state government is considering bringing amendments to the Odisha Conduct of Examinations Act, 1988, to increase the quantum of punishment for students indulging in malpractice during examinations.

If the amendments are implemented, an erring student can be jailed for three toseven years and along with a cash fine of Rs one lakh. At present, the punishment for such a student is three months in jail and a cash fine of Rs 3,000.

The government has decided to make the anti-malpractice laws stringent because of a recent increase in cases of malpractice. A committee of senior officials of the higher education department has been formed to study and recommend the required changes.

The department of higher education is co-ordinating with the departments of school and mass education and technical education for the amendments.

The recent case of Plus Two question paper leak and detection of several malpractice cases both at matriculation and Plus Two levels have led the government to think of stricter laws. In the Plus Two examination this year, 2,620 students were caught indulging in unfair means, while the count was 8,497 in the matriculation exam.

Apart from taking action against erring students, the government is also thinking of taking strict action against the examination centre superintendents and heads of institutions from where such incidents are reported.

Once the department formulates the legislative proposal, the state cabinet will consider it. Following approval of the cabinet, the amendment will be placed in the Assembly.