Language no hurdle but HSC students wary of what’s next

Over 2 lakh students from the Mumbai division appeared on the first day of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam on Thursday for their 80-mark language paper.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 27, 2009 2:00 am

Over 2 lakh students from the Mumbai division appeared on the first day of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam on Thursday for their 80-mark language paper. While most students found the exam on the first day easy,many expressed concern about the forthcoming papers.

Forum Doshi,17-year-old Commerce student from Mithibai College,said,“I expect to score well. Even though I concentrate less on language subjects,my tuition helped me a lot. I hardly studied for French. I am worried about Mathematics.”

Even as students appeared for the exam,anxious parents waited outside the centres. Andheri resident Lakshmi Krishnakumar,whose daughter Devika studies in Narsee Monjee College of Commerce,interacted with other parents. Devika appeared for the French paper on Thursday afternoon.

“Devika was a Central Board of Secondary Education student till her tenth standard but then opted for the state board because she thought the HSC curriculum would be easier. But we have realised that scoring in both the boards is equally tough. Devika,an aspiring lawyer,is hard working and expects to score more than 80 per cent in the exam,” her mother said.

This year the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) Mumbai division,has decided to penalise supervisors in case students are caught cheating during the exam. However,colleges have not received any circular regarding this.

Kiran Mangaonkar,principal,Mithibai College where 600 students appeared for the HSC exam on the first day,said,“We carried out regular checks on the campus. It is not possible to frisk each and every student. Deputing flying squads at different centres is a good idea but the squad is at the centre for hardly 15- 20 minutes. How will they ensure that students do not cheat after they have left the centre.”

BEST gift for HSC,SSC students
BEST has decided to give travel concession to the HSC and SSC students appearing for their board exams.

A S Tamboli,spokesperson,BEST,said that students who travel on monthly pass will be given a concession. The monthly pass would be applicable in case of students travelling from the residence to their examination centres in spite of the pass being valid between the student’s residence and college. While over 1.49 lakh students are expected to appear for the HSC exams, as many as 1.66 lakh students would appear in SSC exams which will start from March 5.

“In many cases,the examination centre might not be same school /college. The administration has taken the decision in the interest of the students,” said Tamboli. The BEST management has also asked its depot managers to increase the services if required. “We have asked the depot managers to take special care during the exam time,” added Tamboli.

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