Bhubaneswar: The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) is all set to take effective measures during the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations not to repeat the cheating trend that has created havoc across the State last year.

The mass copying and mal-practice during the exams had reached the peak last year. More than 7,000 students were booked for mal-practice last year.

Around 3,000 centres have been alloted for this years HSC exams and more than 5 lakh students are expected to showcase their merit from March 19 to March 31. The fate of the students are expected to be declared by early June. Surprise checks, raids, monitoring would be intensified and more number of squads would be formed this year.

President of BSE, Satyakam Mishra said, “The number of squads would be raised substantially at the local level, while the number of special monitoring and raid squads has been increased from 90 to 120 this year. The police have been requested to extend required support for ensuring free and fair examination.”

It is noteworthy to mention that the HSC examination was earlier scheduled to be held from February 22 but had to be extended because of the Panchayat polls.