Pune, 27th March 2023: The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has reported a decrease in malpractices during this year’s class 10 and class 12 exams compared to 2020. The class 12 exam saw 260 cases of malpractice, with 11 cases registered, while the class 10 exam had 113 cases reported.
This decrease in malpractices can be attributed to the copy-free campaign, which included measures like siting squads, police deployment, GPS tracking and filming during the transport of question papers, and public awareness campaigns.
Despite the state board’s efforts, some mishaps occurred, with 11 cases registered for offences like the distribution of question papers on social media, copying, threats, and extortion. Before the pandemic, 580 malpractices were reported in class 10 and class 12 exams in 2020, whereas this year, only 113 cases were reported in the class 10 exam and 260 cases in the class 12 exam.
The copy-free exam campaign has proven to be effective in reducing malpractices during the class 10 and class 12 exams. Sharad Gosavi, president of the state board, has announced plans to improve and strengthen the campaign for next year’s examinations.