No incidents of malpractice were reported on the first day of higher secondary public examinations from 30 centres across Puducherry and Karaikal on Friday.
Six flying squads were patrolling 24 centres in Puducherry and two squads were patrolling six centres in Karaikal, an official of the School Education Department said.
In addition, the Directorate of Government Examinations was sending a squad comprising staff from Anna University and a squad from Cuddalore to ensure that exams were conducted properly. A total of 12,669 students from 107 schools in Puducherry and Karaikal have registered to write the examinations, which began with language paper I on Friday. As many as 5,197 boys and 5,571 girls from Puducherry and 748 boys and 1,153 girls from Karaikal will take the exams.
A student taking the language paper exam at Nandanar Government Higher Secondary School, Chidambaram, was caught copying by officials on Friday.
The flying squad led by District Educational Officer T. Gunasekaran caught the student while he was copying from a piece of paper. The answer script was seized and the student sent out of the hall.
Education Department sources said that the answer script would be sent to the Directorate of Government Examinations for further action. In Cuddalore district, a total of 28,930 students appeared for the examinations in 71 centres.
At Villupuram, Collector V.Sampath accompanied by Chief Educational Officer K.Munusamy inspected the examination centre at the Kamarajar Government Higher Secondary School.
Later, the Collector told reporters that a total of 35,191 students were taking the examinations in 93 centres. Officials of Tangedco had been instructed to ensure uninterrupted power supply to these centres .