With the SSC (secondary school certificate) theory examinations less than a month away, several schools in the city are yet to receive pre-lists and exam-related material from the Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE). This has resulted in a delay in the internal examinations.
More than 130 schools in Mumbai are yet to receive the pre-list with all details of the candidates appearing for the examinations which is sent to schools two months before the examination. Schools can reply back with necessary corrections to avoid errors in the hall tickets.
Due to the delay, schools are unable to conduct the internal examinations. “We have yet not received the pre-list yet. By this time every year, we have already begun with our internal examinations,” said Anjana Prakash, principal, Hansraj Morarji school, Andheri. The theory papers begin on March 3.
Another crucial thing that is yet to reach the schools is the internal examination material like stationery, answer papers and marksheets. “Until we don’t have the material we cannot conduct the exams. The pre-list also has the student’s seat number which is crucial for the marking,” said Rajesh Pandya, a teacher of Fatima Devi English High School, Malad.
Internal examinations constitute 20% of the total marks. Some schools have received the pre-list but are yet to receive the internal exam related material. “We received the pre-list last week but are yet to receive the stationery. Also the pre-list which has been delayed by a month this year, has several errors. So we can’t start the exams until we have all that material,” said Vilas Parab, principal, Balmohan Vidyamandir, Dadar.
Students are anxious because of the delay. “The schools are shut to give students time for preparation but they are wasting their time everyday as they come to school only to check if the internal exam time table is displayed,” said Pandya.