The first SSC re-exam, for students who failed in the exam held in March, was conducted by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), on Tuesday. The exam saw a huge number of registrations from all nine divisions across the state. According to statistics provided by the board, around 1.38 lakh students registered for the re-exam, of which Mumbai had 32,325 students, the highest among all nine divisions.
In all, 15,72,268 students had appeared for the SSC exams held in March this year. With 14,37,922 students passing the exams, around 1,34,246 students were unsuccessful. Meanwhile, from among repeaters 1,52,552 who appeared in the March exams only 75,262 had been successful, hence, the number of repeaters appearing for the July/August 2015 SSC exams also has them registered.
The re-exam was held to give a second chance to those students who were unsuccessful in the March 2015 exams.
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Krishna Patil, Secretary, MSBSHSE, Pune, said it was a golden opportunity for the students to ensure that they pass and continue their education without wasting a year. “The registered students are those who were unsuccessful in the March 2015 exams but also include repeaters. The 1,38,792 students are more than the total unsuccessful regular students in the March 2015 exams, hence it is assumed that the repeaters from previous year have also applied,” said Patil.
Soon after the SSC results were declared on June 17, state Education Minister Vinod Tawde had announced that the board would be conducting the exams again to ensure that the unsuccessful students do not lose an academic year.
While Mumbai division has 32,325 students registered for the SSC exams, Pune has 18,821, Amaravati 17,565, Aurangabad 16,854, Nagpur 16,768, Latur 12,942, Nashik 12,741, Kolhapur 9,426 and Konkan 1,350 students registered. The exams will go on till August 5 and the results will be declared within a month.
At many exam centres where students reached late for the exam due to rain, the students were provided extra time by the officials. “ We had instructed all the exam centres to provide extra time to all those students who reach late due to rains. Hence there were no reports of any students being inconvenienced,” said Patil.