The long and ‘short’ of it: you cannot write an exam if not properly dressed

The physical education examination of the state SSC examinations turned ugly after a student was restricted from entering the examination hall for wearing “improper” clothes.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published:March 26, 2009 11:54 pm

Boy denied permission to write SSC exam for wearing shorts; allowed entry after parents fetch him a pair of trousers

The physical education examination of the state SSC examinations turned ugly after a student was restricted from entering the examination hall for wearing “improper” clothes. The student wore a pair of Bermuda shorts to the examination.

Although the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Examination Board (GSHSEB) does not have any specific dress code,the parents of the student,Ujjwal Dave,had to rush to the neighbourhood to borrow a pair of “proper” trousers after the school principal refused him entry.

The principal of Vidya Vihar School,N G Desai,said: “Appearing for the examination is not a casual affair and a certain level of ‘decency’ has to be maintained. He came to the school wearing nylon shorts,which is usually taken as nightwear. There are girls in the examination hall and they might have felt awkward.”

Things flared up soon after Ujjwal was sent out of the examination hall to ask his parents to get him a pair of trousers. All the parents outside the examination hall protested,calling it harassment just before the examination. As the principal stood his ground,the matter took an ugly turn and the police had to be called in.

Ujjwal’s parents,meanwhile,managed to borrow a pair of trousers,and the principal then said that the student could write the examination with no delay. However,Ujjwal’s father,Mukesh Dave,said it disturbed his son. “He wasn’t given any extra time considering the situation. Luckily,it was the last paper and an easy one but he remained quite disturbed throughout,” Dave said.

Reena Dave,Ujjwal’s mother,said,“Girls wearing three-fourth jeans and other dresses are allowed without any objection,so why should a pair of boxer shorts be a problem? He was so tense that he came out crying from the examination hall.”

District Education Officer R K Patel told Newsline: “Apart from the fact that the students are not allowed to wear school uniform to the exam centre to maintain anonymity of the school,there is no other guideline or dress code. Since the student was allowed to appear for the examination and managed to enough time to write it,no action can be taken against the school.”

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