Authorities are gearing up to conduct the higher secondary and class X public examinations which 51,591 and 58,436 students are expected to write in Chennai.

According to an official release, it was decided at a district-level review meeting held at the Collectorate on Monday that for the higher secondary examinations, which will be held between March 1 and 27, a flying squad comprising 368 headmasters and graduate teachers would be deployed.

They will monitor 137 examination centres, the release said.

There will also be a team of 3,096 people of the rank of headmaster or graduate teacher who will be, among others, room supervisors, and question paper custodians at the centres.

Similarly, for the 222 examination centres for Class X board exams, there will be 3,874 headmasters and graduate teachers assuming these responsibilities, the release added.

The release warned of stern action against those found cheating or possessing bits of paper.

It said that those found possessing bits of paper or similar material would be barred from taking the examination for one year, and those found copying from a paper or textbook or from another student would not be allowed to write the examination for two years.

Students caught for misconduct will be banned from writing the exam permanently, the release added.

In case any malfunction is found at the examination centre, the head of the centre would face disciplinary action, the release said, adding that in case of a private school, its recognition would be cancelled and students would be merged with another school.

It said that possession of a phone or pager is prohibited within the examination hall.

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