Staff Reporter

60 squads to prevent malpractices

MADURAI: The Plus Two public examinations begin on March 1 amidst elaborate arrangements for invigilation in view of the scrapping of Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to professional courses in the State.

About 60 flying squads have been formed to cover the examination centres in Madurai, Melur and Usilampatti educational districts and prevent malpractices like copying.

The Chief Educational Officer, R.Pandurangan, said that special invigilation teams would be there for six subjects physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, botany and zoology.

The Department of Government Examinations and the Directorate of School Education had issued special instructions to ensure strict invigilation during the examinations being held from March 1 to 21.

Chief superintendents at the centres would be from other schools to ensure fair conduct of the examinations, he said.

Mr. Pandurangan said that a total of 24,679 candidates from 197 schools would appear for the examinations in Madurai district this year.

There will be 60 examination centres for regular candidates and another six for private candidates.

In Madurai educational district, 13,082 candidates will appear for the examinations, followed by Melur educational district (6,618 candidates) and Usilampatti educational district (4,979).

Officials in the School Education Department hope to get an improved pass percentage this year in the district as compared to 80.7 per cent last year.