English HSC examination ran to full centres on Friday, after Thursday’s optional subjects like Marathi, Gujarati and Urdu tests. The examination, which will go on till March 21, is in its second year of the new syllabus, which includes internal assessment of 20 marks and internally graded subjects like environment studies.
“The paper was quite easy. I finished it before time. If your first paper is good, then the rest will follow in the same style,” said Trever Miranda, a student of St Andrew’s College before going to the nearby church to thank god. The English and Maths paper has four different sets to check on copying. So far, no students have been penalised for copying. The state board has instructed every district to deploy 225 flying squads and an all woman flying squad to check on malpractices. Centres have also been asked to frisk students before they enter the exam hall.
Several parents decided to wait it out while their child gave the first exam. “I took the day off today because it was my daughter’s first exam and I wanted to be with her,” said Sheila Mehra, a Bandra resident who works at a bank. “This is like my exam. It is a very important year and competitive exams just prolong the stress.”