Mumbai, April 5. (PTI): In a bid to curb the increasing incidents of mass-copying in standard ten secondary school examination, the Maharashtra Government will empower District Collectors to take action against persons involved in such acts.
"The Government will soon set up a committee involving experts from the educational field to curb this menace. We will also give special power to the District Collectors to act against culprits involved in it," Minister of State for School Education Hasan Mushrif informed the Legislative Council.
Replying to a question raised by MLC Shrikant Joshi, the Minister said there has been increasing incidents of mass-copying in some regions of the State. "However, the Government is committed to bring an end to this problem and is taking various measures."
The MLC charged the Government with `failing’ to take enough measures to control mass-copying during the standard ten examination.
"There exists a nexus between the educational institutes, teachers, students and the photocopy shop runners, who provide the printed answers to the students while the exam is on," Joshi said.
This year the tenth standard exam had begun on March 1, after which media had reported many incidents of copying by individual students as well as incidents of mass-copying in regions like Marathwada and Vidarbha.