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Mumbai: Number of students appearing in SSC exam has dropped

This year, the numbers of student registrations have come down by nearly 8,000 compared to the previous year, in Mumbai division, which includes Thane, Raigad and Palghar.

Board exams 2016 Updated: Feb 29, 2016 22:07 IST
Puja Pednekar
For the first time in three years, the number of students appearing for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination, starting from Tuesday, has dropped in Mumbai.
For the first time in three years, the number of students appearing for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination, starting from Tuesday, has dropped in Mumbai. (HT Photo/Vidya Subramanian)

For the first time in three years, the number of students appearing for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination, starting from Tuesday, has dropped; academicians blamed it on students shifting to other school curriculums.

This year, the numbers of student registrations have come down by nearly 8,000 compared to the previous year, in Mumbai division, which includes Thane, Raigad and Palghar. Just 3,74,799 students had registered for the SSC exam till Monday late evening, compared to 3,82,437 in 2015 and 3,76,892 in 2014.

In the state, 17,27,496 students are appearing for the exams from nine divisions.

State board school principals admitted that large numbers of students are migrating to other school boards. “Many of our students are going to schools that offer non-state board curriculum,” said Anna Correa, principal, St Stanislaus School, Bandra. “Boards such as ICSE, IGCSE and IB in particular are preferred these days.”

State board officials too are stumped by the decline in the numbers. “We do not know the exact reason why the numbers have fallen, generally if divisional numbers fall, we assume that the children have migrated to Mumbai but this year here too the numbers are quite low,” said Duttatray Jagtap, chairperson, Mumbai division.

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On the other hand, SSC exams will be more comfortable this year with more concessions for special students and two science papers.

To ease students’ burden, the board has once again split the science paper into two parts so that it becomes easy for students to revise the subject. Science and Technology part I will be conducted on March 12 and part II on March 15. Last year, there was only one paper.“Since the portion for the subject is vast, students had demanded that we have two separate papers for it,” said Jagtap.

Students with special needs can also avail of an adult writer this year, if they are unable to find writers younger to them, as per the new board rules. “Adult writers will be given only for those students who have behavioural problems that cannot be handled by younger writers or if they cannot find any other writers,” said Siddheshwar Chandekar, secretary of the divisional board.

Students will also get 10 minutes extra time to read their paper before they start writing. And re-exams for those who fail in the March exam, will be conducted in July so that students year is not wasted. These provisions were introduced last year by Vinod Tawde, education minister.