HSC Day-1: 173 cases of malpractice reported

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Flying squads detected 173 cases of malpractice in the state during the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam, which started on Thursday. The cases of malpractice include students involved in copying as well as exam supervisors who assisted students in copying.

"While Mumbai had five cases, Nagpur division had the highest — 78 cases, followed by Nashik, where 43 cases were reported. Pune had 19 and Aurangabad 18 cases. Amravati had eight cases and two in Kolhapur. No cases were reported in Latur and Konkan on day one," chairman of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Sarjerao Jadhav said.

The board has constituted 284 flying squads, of which 27 are in Mumbai. The state board has also enlisted the help of collectors' offices in all divisions and the local police to check malpractice.

Jadhav said the board's campaign of 'malpractices and copy-free board exams' has helped them check the menace to a large extent.

Stress-free exams

"Our main aim is to create a stress-free atmosphere for students. We have tried to extend as much support to students possible. Students unable to make it to their stipulated centers due to any emergency were also allowed to appear for the exam at the center closest to their location," Jadhav said.

Anshul Wagle, a student from Dombivali, fell ill on her way to the exam centre — Bedekar College in Thane. However, the board allowed her to write the exam at a centre near her residence. "The girl's father requested us to allow her to appear for the French paper at a centre near her residence. We allowed her to write the exam from Model College in Dombivali. We made arrangements to send the question paper and provided extra time to the student," said Laxmikant Pande, secretary of Mumbai Divisional board. "Her father requested us to allow her to appear for all other exams from the Dombivali centre, which we have sanctioned."

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