Just an evening before the board exams started, errors have been spotted in the log book printed and provided by the Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE). The log book is used by the students to solve problems in mathematics, physics and chemistry papers.
As a corrective measure, the state board has allowed candidates to use their own log books in the upcoming examination. "Some very minor errors were brought to our notice. To ensure that the students are not affected, we will allow them to carry their own log books to the exam," said Laxmikant Pandey, chairperson of the board's Mumbai division.
However, students will have to make sure they select a correct log book. "The log books in the market have several formulae and illustrations too but students will have to make sure that the book they carry contains only the log pages. The invigilator at the centre will check for this and accordingly allow the student to use it," he said.
The errors were spotted by teachers when it reached the exam centres. "There are several errors in the log books and this was found by teachers who received it during the internal examination. A small error in the values in the log book can result in a completely wrong answer," said Sainath Durve, member of the MNS student wing, who met the board officials on Wednesday.
The log books are distributed to students during the science and mathematics papers. The set of log books currently in use were printed last year. Teachers say even a minor error in the book can change the final answer. "While correcting, we can only ignore very minor decimal errors. However, if there is an error in the log value, it might change the answer and students may lose marks. So, at our centre, we use the log books which we have printed and also verified," said Sunil Gadkhe, professor of mathematics at Sathaye College, Vile Parle.