District Collector Anshul Mishra and his squad of officers have unravelled ‘organised' copying in the SSLC public examination in a leading private matriculation school in Tiruvannamalai on Monday.

The Collector ordered suspension of seven government school teachers who were on exam duty there.

The squad raided the Mount Saint Joseph Matriculation Higher Secondary School (known as Mount School) when the mathematics examination had just started. Instead of frisking students, the team went to the school office and checked the hall supervisors.

Speaking to reporters after the raid, Mr.Mishra said, “We decided to conduct surprise check following complaints of large-scale irregularities in the school. We checked the hall supervisors and the school office. We found seven supervisors possessing “bit” papers.

In one supervisor's pocket there was an envelope bearing an examinee's name and her registration number with money in it. At the school office, we found a photocopier printing the answer key. Office assistants were utilised to distribute the answer key to the halls. The school administration admitted they had taken 20 copies of the answer key prepared by them. Apart from the administration some teachers and persons in the Education department were said to be involved. A thorough enquiry by the Revenue authorities as well as the police has been ordered. After getting the inquiry report, we will take action,” he said.

In the evening Mr.Mishra confirmed that the Chief Educational Officer was given instructions to suspend and take departmental action against seven government school teachers found with bit papers. “We'll also recommend to the government to take severe action against the school and not to have it as examination centre in the future. For the remaining papers in the ongoing exam, the CEO has been asked to change the entire set of staff manning the centre. The principal has been relieved from exam duty,” the Collector added.