From 2014 onwards the punishments for those students who are caught for cheating in PU exams are going to get more severe.
The revision on the punishments for malpractice during exam is being carried out by the Pre-University Education Board. A student caught cheating can be barred from taking exams for up to 3 years!
The Pre-University exams are going to start on 12th March 2014 across the state.
The most stringent punishment for the students who cheat in their 2nd year final PU exam is that, they will be restricted to write 6 successive exams, which includes the one in which they were caught cheating.
There are 19 types of malpractice that have been identified by the department and the punishment for each will depend on the type of the misdeed.
"If we don't impose severe punishment, candidates will not take things seriously,"said a source. The decision of reinforcing the rules had soared up.
The education minister has to approve the amendments proposed.
An official said, "We want the malpractice rate to be zero in all examinations."
The most common form of misdeed is impersonation. With the new rules coming into force, a student who has an impersonator sent on behalf on him/her, if caught will be barred for up to 3 years from taking exam or will be barred from taking six consecutive exams including the one in which the candidate was found guilty.
The impersonator will have a criminal case filed against him/her.
This move has been welcomed by the student community. However a request is made not to punish students who are genuine.
The students believe that this decision is fine as long as the genuine students are not made scapegoats. They say that the invigilators must check the facts before taking any further action.
However, some of the teachers feel that the board must bring in student-friendly system where there is no room for malpractice.
If the changes of rules are approved by the government the following is what lies in store for the students:
1)Counterfeiting records for eligibility in exam: Debarred for a year.
2) Having manuscript that is not related to the subject: Severe warning.
3) Having manuscript that are subject related: Debarred for a year.
4) Copying from neighbour, books, manuscript or other sources: Debarred for a year.
5) Gesturing to other candidate during exam and communicating with them: Debarred for a year.
6) Meddling with answer sheet after the exam: Debarred for two-and-a-half years.
7) Providing false data about exams taken elsewhere: Results annulled, marks card impounded, debarred for three years.
8) Writing answers outside the examination hall: Results annulled, debarred for three years, marks card impounded.
9) Extreme misbehaviour: Expelled from exam hall and barred from writing exams the rest of the day.
10) Assaulting staff for the exam or violent behaviour at exam centre: Debarred for three years.
11) Writing a note in the answer sheet to the evaluator: Debarred from exam.