The Secondary School Certificate public examinations began in a smooth manner across the state with 99.57 per cent attendance. As many as 6,20, 733 students appeared for the examination in Paper-I of the first language across 2,839 centres in the state, according to the Director of Government Examinations A. Subba Reddy. In all, 6,23,356 candidates were given hall tickets.
While there are no cases of malpractices reported, five invigilators faced the music for being negligent while performing the duty at exam centres.
Two invigilators in Visakhapatnam district were suspended by the officials on the charges of dereliction of duties and one invigilator in East Godavari district and two in Kadapa district were relieved of their duties on the same charge, Mr. Subba Reddy said.
Over 289 sitting squads and 156 flying squads were deployed to oversee the examination besides CC camera surveillance at 209 select centres.
Meanwhile, candidates arrived at the exam centres in the city well ahead of time to avoid issues. The exam was conducted between 9.30 am and 12.15 pm and the candidates were allowed only up to 8.45 am into the centres.
Officials made necessary arrangements at the 269 exam centres in the district by providing drinking water, toilets etc.
In addition to enforcement of Section 144, police put special vigil in view of the election code in force at the exam centres. The examinations will end on April 3.