In the wake of the alleged mass copying in a private school in Namakkal on Monday, members of the Students Federation of India (SFI) staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Chief Education Officer on the Mohanur Road in Namakkal on Thursday evening.

They urged the School Education Department and Director of Government Exams to tighten invigilation in all super schools (State rank-producing schools) to avoid fraudulent means of scoring high marks. “Many schools are involved in a host of malpractices to help their students score high, make money by attracting more students to enrol in their schools in the next academic year and charge them exorbitant fees,” they alleged.

The demonstrators sought criminal action against schools involved in malpractices.

Meanwhile two boys of a private school in Tiruchengode who were writing the mathematics plus two board exam on Thursday were caught by a flying squad headed by Joint Director of Matriculation Schools S. Karmegam. Education department sources said that they exchanged their answer sheets and were copying, when they were caught red-handed. Their answer papers were seized and the boys sent out of the exam hall.