The first day of the Madhyamik exam was nearly glitch free. Although students seemed happy with the question paper, the good tidings turned when the blade of a ceiling fan fell on a student’s head at Orient Academy School. The board has asked the school to check the screws of all its ceiling fans and send a report.
Barely 15 after Moinuddin Shah started writing his paper, the fan blade fell on his head. “I was so shocked, and the blade hit me hard with a thud. I ended up getting two stitches on my head. It was difficult to concentrate again but I completed my paper,” Shah said.
Administrator of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) - the body that conducts Madhyamik exams - Kalyanmoy Ganguly said, “We have asked the school to tighten all the screws of all its ceiling fans and do a maintenance service immediately. They are to send us a report on how this could have happened.”
Ganguly rushed to the spot on hearing of the incident. “The boy was doing fine and was given an extra hour to complete his paper. That was the time he lost when the incident occurred and while receiving medical attention. I have asked the school to take care of all his needs throughout the exam,” Ganguly added.
Dulal Mondol, teacher in charge of Orient Academy, said, “I am really embarrassed about this accident and extend my apology to the boy and his family.”
Several instances of cheating were reported on the first day of the exam, especially in the Islampore area of North Dinajpur. “We have no received any such news yet. If we do, the board will definitely take measures,” Ganguly said.
Asamatara Khatoon, a student at MBS Neora School, Bashirhat, could not take the exam despite reaching the exam hall. According to her teachers, despite repeated requests, the school board has not sent her admit card. All the other girls in the school have received the card. Board officials denied the allegations.
“We have been constantly tending to all such requests. In fact, our office remained open till 12 am yesterday to ensure no deserving student was left out,” Ganguly said. Monday’s exam was first language. The board offers nine languages in this category - Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Santhali, Tamil and Telugu. Students had no complaints regarding the paper.