Faced with angry students and parents, the Pune cantonment board has reversed its order asking examinees of classes 9 and 11 to bring answer sheets from home to write the ongoing year-end tests.
The board’s Ghorpadi, Wanowrie and Solapur Bazar schools had asked around 650 students to bring their own
answer books following a delay in procuring stationery.
Parents protested the decision, saying they were being burdened by the board as they had already paid fees.
The annual exam for Class 9 and Class 11 began on April 1 and end April 13.
“Such an order has immense scope for malpractices. The schools should have thought of it before issuing such an order,” father of one of the students said, requesting anonymity.
Board’s chief executive officer DN Yadav said he had issued a fresh order, which kicked in Monday, asking schools to provide answer sheets to students.
He was not kept in the loop by the schools but when he got to know of the order, he asked the headmasters to immediately purchase the stationery, including answer sheets, Yadav told HT over phone.
The order was issued at headmasters’ level and the board was not informed about it. “On Monday, I will find out why students were asked to bring answer sheets from home,” he said.
This is not the first time that the Pune cantonment board has struggled to provide basics to the students. Last year, too, schools had collected money from students to get stationery, a student claimed.