AFTER A year’s experimentation, the MP Board of Secondary Education is back to old exam timings for both High School and Higher Secondary Exams. The 2006-07 batch students of both classes will be appearing for exams between 8.30 am and 11.30 am like their predecessors before the 2005-06 batch.
The board had revised timings for the 2005-06 batch students to between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm. Board chairman U K Samal confirmed to the Hindustan Times that the decision to revise the exam timings this year was taken last week. “We are back to the 8.30 am to 11.30 am pattern,’’ he said.
The timings for the 2005-06 session had been changed as rural students had to travel a long distance to come to the exam centres and the 8.30 am starting time was too early for them, the chairman said.
But the general body of the board took exception to these timings saying that they were quite unsuitable as not only it hampered the regular school work of the exam centres in afternoon session too, but students had to face the harsh summer while returning home after appearing for their exams.
Following the objections by the general body, the board had sought opinion from the Commissioner of Public Instruction L S Baghel. The Directorate of Public Instruction got a field survey done and found that there were more supporters for the early morning timings.
The arguments were that since summer already sets in by March, the students could get up early and reach well in time for the 8.30 am exam. On other hand the sun got quite harsh by 1.00 pm in the revised timings, thus creating problem for students.
Considering these factors, board authorities put up the matter before the executive committee of the board last week and once again reverted to the earlier timings.