No malpractice was reported at any of centres in Puducherry and Karaikal

The Class XII public examination began at 25 centres in Puducherry and six in Karaikal, with 10,120 students taking Language Paper I exam on Thursday.

A total of 12 students who are appearing for the exam have availed themselves of special concessions. Two of the students appearing for the examination needed a scribe and seven dyslexic students were given extra time to write the exam. One student with hearing impairment has been exempted from writing English exam.

As many as 627 invigilators – with one invigilator for every 20 candidates, 24 members of flying squad and 75 other officers were in charge to ensure the smooth progress of the exam. Each centre also took the help of the police force to ensure security. Invigilators were also given the task of matching the photograph in the name list and hall ticket to prevent impersonation.

No malpractice was reported on the first day in any of the centres in Puducherry and Karaikal, according to an official from the Education Department.

For the first time, the exam question papers have been bilingual – printed in Tamil in English.

Language Paper II exam will be held on Friday.

Special Correspondent writes from Villipuram

Three students copying from bit papers in the Plus-Two public examinations held at different centres in Villupuram district were caught red-handed on Thursday.

A flying squad headed by Chief Educational Officer P.Punniyakoti during its surprise visit to the examination centres detected the malpractice. The CEO told The Hindu that while two of them were regular students taking the Tamil Paper-I examination at Government Higher Secondary Schools at Ginjee and Valavanur, the third one was a private candidate sitting for the examination at Mount Park Higher Secondary School in Thiagadurgam.

Their answer sheets would be sent to the Directorate of Government Examinations for further action, he said. However, the students who indulged in such malpractices would be allowed to sit for the subsequent examinations.

Meanwhile, Collector V. Sampath inspected examination centres such as Government Girls' Higher Secondary School and Kamaraj Government Higher Secondary School at Villupuram and St. Michael Higher Secondary School at Ginjee.

On seeing seven differently abled students sitting on the floor at an examination hall, the Collector asked them about the facilities provided at the centre.

He directed the invigilators there to provide a separate electric fan for them.

At St.Michael Higher Secondary School 20 differently abled persons were writing the public examinations and they were being given one hour extra to complete the examinations. Two visually impaired students were assisted by one volunteer each to write the examinations.

At the Government Girls' Higher Secondary School, the Collector checked whether the time schedule such as giving 10 minutes extra for the students to go through the question paper and another five minutes for completing the formalities of writing down the registration numbers and subject was adhered to.

Mr. Sampath said that the eight custodian points, where question papers and answer sheets were kept, would be guarded by armed personnel round the clock.

The Collector also said that all 90 Plus Two examination centres were equipped with generator sets and adequate fuel.

Cuddalore

Collector Rajendra Ratnoo inspected the examination centres at St.Anne's Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Cuddalore, and the Government Girls' Higher Secondary School at Thirupadiripuliyur.

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