Bhubaneswar: As many as 382 students were caught red-handed while resorting to malpractice on the first day of the HSC supplementary examination that started on Tuesday.
The maximum number of students booked for malpractices was reported from Cuttack, Jagatpur, Kendrapara and Jajpur districts.
As per official sources, all these examinees will be debarred from appearing for all the forthcoming papers.
A total of 66, 140 students are taking up the examinations in both the regular as well as ex-regular streams this year in 277 centres across the State, sources said.
The Odisha Board of Secondary Education (BSE) has formed 48 squads, including 20 flying squads, to deal with the menace of cheating. The flying squads carried out vigorous inspection of the centres to check malpractice. However, following the incident on the first day of the examination, BSE authorities have decided to intensify monitoring for the rest of the examinations.
The examination will end on September 24.
Source: 360 NS