The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is considering providing photocopies of post-evaluation answersheets to students of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) from the next academic year.
A delegation of the education board will be visiting Gujarat next month to study a similar system introduced by the Gujarat state board for their students this year.
Shridhar Salunkhe,divisional chairperson of the board,Mumbai said: A number of students and parents ask for photocopies of answersheets every year. We see this as an important step to help them verify their marks and,more importantly,to discipline examiners and moderators. We will make a proposal after observing how the Gujarat board functions.
Usually,around 1-1.5 per cent of students who take these board examinations seek to verify their marks. The centres,where answersheets will be made available to students,will have CCTV cameras in place,which will monitor the students and officials, Salunkhe said.
The board has introduced a new rule holding supervisors and invigilators of a particular examination centre accountable if students are caught copying to curb instances of mass copying,often with the connivance of supervisors. Copying is more prevalent in the tribal areas of Thane and other rural areas. It is the responsibility of supervisors to ensure that such incidents dont occur,but in several instances supervisors are also involved. The new rule will help keep such malpractices in check, Salunkhe said.
The board already has flying squads that conduct random visits to schools and colleges in its areas. According to Salunkhe,it will be the centres responsibility to initiate action against the guilty supervisors. As many as 69 SSC students and 26 HSC students were held for copying in October 2008 examinations,while in March 2008 the figures were 52 and 38 respectively.