Surprisingly, while there was no student found guilty of copying in the Class XII Science examinations of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), as many as 29 teachers deputed as supervisors in various schools across Ahmedabad city were served notices for a failure in performing their duty.
While the Board was seen exhilarated over the first-time use of computer tablets as a surveillance mode in the examinations, they failed to explain the discrepancy in the copy cases of students and teachers.
“I do not know the exact reason for this difference in number. Even I clarified from the Ahmedabad district education officials who justified that from the CCTV and computer tablets they could not prove that the students copied, but certainly that there was no control of teachers who were on a duty of supervisors. Based on this video footage, action is said to have taken against 29 teachers,” said GSHSEB Chairman R R Varsani.
As per the data revealed by the GSHSEB, a total of 352 copy cases were detected in Class XII Science state board examinations as compared to only 19 in 2013 and 30 in 2012 where no computer tablets were used.
When contacted, the District Education Officer A K Rathod said, “There was no copy case proved in Science examinations, while action notice has been issued to 29 teachers who were found with a lapse in their duty.” Out of total 352, 340 cases of cheating were detected by computer tablets alone from 15 districts while 12 were physically caught by invigilators and examiners. Apart from students, for the first time, 99 teachers deployed as supervisors.
The maximum number of copy cases were recorded from the Panchmahals and Sabarkantha with 72 each while none from Ahmedabad and 13 other districts. This was followed by Anand with 54 cases, Amreli 33 cases and Dahod 22 cases. Only one case each was detected from Jamnagar and Banaskantha districts.