Pat, March 15: The Bihar School Examition Board has been surprised by a large number of impersotors caught this year in the Class 10 exams that started last Friday. As many as 279 impersotors have so far been caught and more are likely to be netted over the remaining days of the exams, an official of the board said.
“We never expected to b impersotors on such a large scale. The ‘Munbhai’ trend in Class 10 examition is something new. In the past, only a very few fake examinees were caught,” an official of Board said.
‘Munbahi MBBS’ was a popular Bollywood comedy, released in 2003, in which the protagonist, a ruffian, passes the medical exam by getting a doctor to relay him the right answers in the exam centre via a hidden communication device.
This year the board has been using strict measures against mass cheating and the use of unfair means in the Class 10 and 12 exams. CCTV cameras have been installed at examition centres and ‘unlawful assembly’ of five or more people banned under prohibitory orders. “We are worried because the number of impersotors caught is big. It has surprised us,” said board chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh.
Alerted, the board is now taking special care in detecting the fake examinees even before they gain entry into exam centres, Singh said. “Unlike impersotors caught in government recruitment exams, who are paid large amounts of money, impersotors caught in Class 10 exams are mostly family members, relatives and friends of the registered examinees,” he said. The board is taking action against both: The actual examinee and the person impersoting him or her.
So far 519 students have been caught cheating in the Class 10 exams across Bihar and dozens of people helping the examinees in cheating have been arrested, said officials. Nearly 15.70 lakh students are taking the Class 10 exams at 1,309 centres across the state. The board had put in place similar tough measures for Class 12 exams in which nearly 2,000 students were expelled after they were caught cheating. The Class 12 exams concluded in first week of March. (IANS)