Nagpur: Over 240 cases of copying and malpractices have so far been reported in the ongoing Higher Secondary Certificate Examination (HSC) across the state this year, board officials said on Tuesday.
The board exams began on February 21.
Officials, however, said that there has been an almost 20 per cent drop in such cases when compared to the last three years. In contrast to this year, officials said that 173 cases of copying and malpractices were reported on the very first day of the HSC exams in 2014.
The cases of malpractices this year includes students involved in copying as well as exam supervisors allegedly assisting with the cheating. “The board’s campaign of ‘malpractices and copy free board exams’ has helped bring down copying cases to a large extent.
The highest number of cases were reported in the Aurangabad division with 81 cases; followed by Pune with 50 cases; Nashik with 42 cases; Amravati with 42 cases; Nagpur with 35 cases and Kolhapur division with 22 cases. Mumbai division has recorded only five copying cases till March 2,” said Krishna Patil, the Secretary of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.