Hundreds of worried students, who haven’t yet received their hall tickets, and their parents rushed to the schools and thronged the state board’s divisional office Thursday. The board was supposed to distribute the hall tickets a day earlier, but 1,500 students from 550 schools did not get theirs.
Meanwhile, schools assigned to be centres for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) board exam, scheduled to start on March 3, are yet to receive the seating arrangement from the board. The schools were irked at having to work on Thursday, a public holiday, and at the prospect of working on Sunday as well.
Following an assurance from the board on Wednesday to provide hall-tickets to students who had not received them from schools, students made a beeline for the board office Thursday. Matters worsened as students wanting corrections in their hall-tickets also reached the board office rather than going to their schools, which have been authorised to make changes.
According to Prashant Redij, convener of the Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary School Principals Association (MSSHSSPA), thousands of students flocked to the Vashi board office to get their hall-tickets or make corrections in the hall tickets.
“When a representative from a member school went to the board office to submit details of corrections, he saw total chaos. It was only after 2 pm that the crowd was under control when the board officials asked the parents to get their complaints registered with their contact numbers,” said Redij.
He added that schools remained functional on Thursday, a public holiday, to help out students. “While most schools had a few students with mistakes in their hall tickets, even those who had got correct hall tickets approached the school to verify them as well as to know the seating arrangements for the exams,” he said.
“If we receive the seating arrangement by Friday, we will be forced to work till Sunday to do the marking as well as put up notices,” said Manesh Sawant, principal of a school in Bandra. He said the inconvenience to students, schools and teachers could have been avoided had the board planned properly.
Laxmikant Pande, secretary, MSBSHSE, Mumbai division, said there was a rush of students to the Vashi office but said there was no chaos. “We did not turn away any student even if the mistakes could have been rectified at the school level. Hall tickets were issued to 1,315 students, and the remaining will be issued on Friday,” said Pande. He added that the seating arrangements would be sent on Friday. “We have uploaded the lists on our websites and the hard copies will be sent by March 1,” he said.