Even after being embroiled in controversy over severe delays and errors in hall tickets of students of class X and XII, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education is yet to initiate action against CS Datamation, the Delhi-based firm which was hired to do the job.
The delay has upset the Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary School Principals' Association (MSSHSSPA). "We had demanded strict action against the company. The board had promised that it would be done once the exam is over. However, it has failed to do so. And now we hear that the contract has been again given to the same company," said Prashant Redij, spokesperson of the association.
Due to an error in the software that was being used by CS Datamation, several students had not received their hall tickets until a day prior to the exam. In the Mumbai division, two class X students had to appear for the exam with provisional hall tickets.
On March 2, dna had reported the name of the company, which board officials said had been awarded the contract as it had quoted the lowest.
However, board officials said that the probe is on. "We have asked for the service report and also have asked all divisions to send their report. A decision will be taken soon," said Krishnakumar Patil, secretary of the board.
"The Mumbai division sent its report on March 28, a day after the last class X exam," said Laxmikant Pande, chairperson of the division.
MSSHSSPA will meet in Pandharpur on May 5-6 to discuss this issue. "We supported the state board because we did not want students to be affected. Starting this year, class X registrations will be made online. We cannot afford to have errors in that too," said Redij.
Board chairperson GK Mhamane remained unavailable for comment despite several attempts.