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In Mumbai: HSC exams clash with Maratha morcha, students worried

Students who are supposed to write their mathematics, statistics and applied Hindi papers for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams are worried about reaching the centres on time.The papers are on the day of a protest rally in Mumbai that has been called by local Maratha outfits on March 6.

mumbai Updated: Feb 15, 2017 23:15 IST
Puja Pednekar
Around 10,000 bikes were on the road for the Maratha Kranti Morcha last year, causing traffic jams.
Around 10,000 bikes were on the road for the Maratha Kranti Morcha last year, causing traffic jams.(HT)

Students who are supposed to write their mathematics, statistics and applied Hindi papers for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams are worried about reaching the centres on time.The papers are on the day of a protest rally in Mumbai that has been called by local Maratha outfits on March 6.

As students and parents worried about whether they will reach the exam centres on time, organisers have written to education minister Vinod Tawde to make alternate arrangements for students to reach exam centres, as the rally is expected to disrupt traffic in parts of the city.

Around 10,000 bikes were on the road for the Maratha Kranti Morcha last year, causing traffic jams. 

Viren Pawar, one of the organisers, said that they expected a larger turnout this year, as people from all over the state are to pour in for the rally. It will begin at noon and continue till 2.30pm.

“People will start coming in from 10am and after the rally is over, it will take a couple of hours for the crowd to disperse,” said Pawar. 

Over 1.17lakh students across the state will appear for the HSC exams on March 6. Mathematics and statistics for all three streams — science, arts and commerce — is scheduled in the morning slot of 11am to 2 pm and applied Hindi is from 3pm to 6pm in the afternoon, all falling in the peak time of the rally. 

Students and parents are fretting because this is sure to disrupt with their transportion to the exam centres.

“I live in Mulund and my exam centre is in Dadar. I am worried if I will reach the exam centre from the railway station,” said Parth Shinde, an HSC student. 

Parents were of the opinion that such rallies should not be allowed during exams.

“Students are already stressed about the maths paper and they cannot afford to reach late for it,” said Ankita Nagwekar, a parent from Goregaon.

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