More than three dozen students, who appeared in the SSC exams, have found themselves in a new fix with the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) wrongly allotting them seat numbers already given to others. The number of affected students could be more as the board is still sorting out the mess.
The board had earlier goofed up the hall tickets of SSC candidates, an issue which is said to behind this fresh trouble for the students.
The blunder came to light recently, when a few students tried to enrol for the online admission to Std XI, which is based on their seat number of SSC exam. The admission portal rejected their entry saying the same seat number has already logged in. Panicked students then approached the state board office only to know that their results too are in jeopardy due to the blunder.
"Amid the chaos and pressure, more than 1,100 candidates were wrongly allotted the same seat numbers. We identified the error immediately and a large number of corrections were done before the exams, only a few were left. However, their results were not compromised," said Lakshmikant Pande, chairman of the board's Mumbai division, which comprises Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts.
Pande insisted that only 28 cases have been identified so far in the division from where more than 3.5 lakh candidates appeared in the SSC exams held in March-April 2014.
"Our computer system is advanced and chances of mixing the marks due to same seat number are nil. Results of these candidates are now in the rejected category, which our officials are sorting out manually," he added.
He also said the results of these candidates will be declared along with others. "Only thing, we will issue them fresh seat numbers and hall tickets a week before the results. We will show them the answer sheets to confirm their handwriting."
Pande said the board will not charge them any fee for showing the mark sheets.
In February-end, the Delhi-based outsourcing firm hired by the board had lost a large number of students' records while preparing the hall tickets. dna had exposed the goof-up then. As the SSC exams were just a few days away then, the board officials were forced to issue hundreds of hall tickets manually. Some candidates were given the same at the exam centres.
While the hall ticket goof-up had affected all nine divisions of the state board, the seat number blunder is said to be restricted to the Mumbai region. Seeking to justify, Pande said, "We were the only division which got the least time to correct the hall ticket mess, only three days. Even Pune got four days."