In what appears to be a major negligence on the part of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB),over 200 students reached a wrong centre for the Class X supplementary exams here on Sunday.
When the students,most of them accompanied by parents,reached the Baroda High School,Alkapuri around 10am,they found to their shock that it was not a centre for their examination.
It was later realised that in the hall admission ticket,GSHSEB had printed the examination centre as BHS Alkapuri,while the index number of the centre was for BHS Bagikhana the actual centre.
Alkapuri BHS principal Rashmi Mehta said they were not aware that the school was selected as an examination centre until the district education officer called up at 8.30am to inform that we are supposed to hold the exam.
It was almost impossible to arrange for adequate supervisors and make necessary preparations for the exam at such a short notice. The Bagikhana school had been informed two days in advance, she said.
Though GSHSEB accepted that there was a typing error on the admission tickets,it passed the buck on the school for not reporting the error.
There was a typing error,but we are not the ones to be blamed. The hall tickets were dispatched on July 15 and the error should have been reported by the school in the next two days so that it could be rectified, said Y M Vyas,officer on special duty,GSHSEB.
Later,the Alkapuri school authorities arranged for two buses to send the students to the Bagikhana school. Due to the goof-up,the exam began at 11.15 am,but the students were given full three hours to complete the paper.
My son had collected the hall ticket from his school. It is a negligence on part of the Board. There are students from Chhota Udepur,Bodeli and other places who know nothing about the city and were completely clueless about what to do next, said Mahendra Patel,parent of a student from Waghodia.
Over 27,000 students take exam
Out of the 62,000 students who had failed in one subject in the recently held SSC examination,27,308 took the supplementary exam today. Incidents of copying during the exam were reported from Jamnagar and Junagadh.