With the annual High School Certificate (HSC) examination beginning Monday, the State government alerted all district magistrates and Superintendents of Police to keep a close watch on sensitive examination centres.

The School and Mass Education Department on Saturday issued a list of 279 sensitive centres across 20 districts. The matriculation examination would be conducted during 13 days from March 19 to 31 next.

The department asked authorities to pay special attention to sensitive examination centres identified by the Board of Secondary Education, Odisha.

The district police have been asked to deploy adequate personnel in their respective sensitive centres and prevent gathering of people within 100 metre distance of the examination centres by invoking the provisions made under Section - 7 of the Odisha Conduct of Examination Act, 1988.

Malpractice

A close look at the list of sensitive centres shows that malpractice is likely to be more in coastal districts than interior pockets of the State.

Jajpur district has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of sensitive centres.

The district has 30 centres in which disturbances are likely to be witnessed during conduct of the examination. Jajpur is followed by Bhadrak district with 28 sensitive centres.

The other coastal districts where BSE pinpointed vulnerable centres include Kendrapara (25), Puri (21) and Jagatsinghpur (17). In comparison, interior districts such as Angul, Sonepur, Gajapati, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada and Boudh had lower number of sensitive centres.

However, Bolangir and Sundargarh districts have comparatively higher number of vulnerable centres with 22 and 17 respectively.

“These centres should be kept under constant surveillance of the law and order authorities.

Special squads should also be constituted for surprise check of these centres during the period of examination period,” the department said.