March 25, 2009 3:20:40 am
11 dummy candidates caught in Junagadh district: some did it for quick money,others for helping kin
Some do it to help their kinfolk and some for the sake of village ties,but majority of those who appear as dummy candidates,do it for making a quick buck.
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has caught 10 youths in the age group of 18-20,who had already passed their matriculation exams,for appearing as dummy candidates again at the SSC boards.
Junagadh District Education Officer V J Shah said: All of them had passed their SSC exams; they are quite often related or belong to the same village. Money changes hand as well,but it cannot be proved.
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Of the total 11 dummy cases registered in Junagadh district,10 were caught from Kodinar town alone. The B B Vidyalaya High School in Kodinar of Saurashtra has topped the dubious list with eight dummy cases in the ongoing boards.
On Saturday,the checking squad,led by Junagadh District Education Officer (DEO) V J Shah carried out checks in the Kodinar town examination centre and caught three dummy students from the B B High School and two from the Somnath Academy High School. Shah reported the matter to higher authorities at Gandhinagar,following which a flying squad from Gandhinagar rushed to Kodinar on Monday,day six of the ongoing board examination,and caught five more dummy students at the B B High School.
Shah said that action against 15 supervisory staff posted at the B B High School on examination duty has been already recommended.
Officials further said that the dummy candidates were appearing from day one of the SSC exams. A police complaint has been lodged against the dummy candidates,and the original students are likely to be barred for three years from reappearing in the boards.
Education Department officials said the crackdown has been possible due to the Lok Sabha elections. With the model code of conduct in force,political interference is minimal.
Official say,Veraval is infamous for examination related malpractices. The menace has been running rampant every year because of political interfere and shelter provided to carry out such practices. But this time,cases came to the fore because of the election code conduct being in force. It is only because of the election code of conduct that officials are able to take action without bowing to political pressure. Otherwise,in ordinary situation,taking action or carrying checks on examination centres here becomes very difficult, said officials.
According to sources,In most such cases,the dummy gets a hefty amount for appearing in the examination on behalf of someone else.
The modus operandi is also rather simple; the photograph on the hall ticket is either scratched or changed,and officials say at times the dummy candidates even plead that they have lost their hall tickets or exam receipts.
Checking has now been intensified in the Kodinar centre. Besides,additional forces have been deployed at all examination centres in Kodinar to curb such malpractices.
Apart from coping cases,the practice of dummy students appearing on behalf of others is rather rampant here.
On March 23,day 6 of the boards at B B High School in Kodinar:
* Pankaj Vanch appeared on behalf of Aswin Vanch.
* Sanjay Barad appeared on behalf of Dinesh Dahima
* Narendra Parmar appeared on behalf of Dharmendra Goswami
* Bhavsinh Dahima appeared on behalf of Asif Parmar.
*Mayur Gohil appeared on behalf of Dilip Vala.
On March 21,day five of the boards at the B B High School in Kodinar:
* Manas Gohil appeared on behalf of Haresh Kamaliya.
* Haresh Jethwa appeared on behalf of Bhupat Babariya.
* Pravin Vala appeared on behalf of Raghu Chauhan.
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