The state has encountered around 1200 unfair cases. Using chits in board examinations remained the most popular method for cheating being used by school students. Of the total 1,228 cases detected, 619 were detected in Class 12 boards, while 609 were detected in Class 10 examinations. Last year, about 238 cases of unfair means were detected.
Though in isolated cases students were caught using Bluetooth to cheat, in a large number of UMC cases students were caught using traditional method of chits, which was evident from the loads of chits recovered by the flying squad during surprise checking at examinations centres. Most unfair means cases were detected in the examination of English, Punjabi and mathematics.
"During checks we mostly found students using chits. They keep these chits in their shoes, so before letting the students in the examination centre they were asked to remove shoes for checking," a member of the flying squad said.
Another member said, "There were students wearing neatly tied turbans that were used to conceal Bluetooth, but these incidents were very few. Girls mostly had these chits in the hemming of the shirts."
Talking about different ways of cheating, sources in the education board said, "Not this year, but two years back we have detected mass copying being done at a centre with the help of songs being played at a nearby shop. Each song played at the shop was a code to the answers."
The sources added that this year mostly chits were used for cheating and no such complaint of such kind had been received.
Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal, chairperson, PSEB, said "Cheating can only be controlled with checking and commitment of the staff. The co-ordination among the education department and the education board helped put a cap on the malpractices. We would be taking strict action against students caught cheating".
"This year owing to strictness and zero tolerance, the detection of the cases of unfair means have gone up. Immediately, the staff was changed and even green cards of the members of the flying squad were changed. More than 75 centres were cancelled from where cheating was reported" she added.