Holi festivities seem to have taken their toll on some SSC students.
On Wednesday, the day before the start of the first SSC exam, a few parents called up the education board helpline to ask what they should do if their children had been injured in Holi-related accidents.
“We told them they should help their children relax and not send them for the exam if they weren’t feeling well enough,” said Vijay Deshmukh, who was manning the helpline.
“An exam is not the be all and end all of life.”
Nearly 3.4 lakh students from the city and 16 lakh in the state will appear for the SSC exams this year. The board said it was set for the start of the SSC exams.
“The question papers and stationery have all been set out,” said V.S. Mhatre, secretary of the Mumbai division board.
The board helpline handled 168 calls on Wednesday, as compared to 80 on Tuesday.
The day the HSC exams began, on February 23, has so far been its busiest, with 178 callers.
Most of the other queries were routine – regarding the use of the calculator for dyslexic students and the location of examination centres.
A few callers also wanted to know whether the Best Five subjects policy for junior college admissions had been confirmed.
“Students seem to have gotten more relaxed with the Best Five policy in place. It’s been a real blessing,” said Father Francis Swamy, principal of Holy Family School at Andheri.
The board said it has made all the routine preparations for the start of the exams. Officials will make surprise checks, while some exam centres have been fitted with video surveillance systems.
Students in the city in the meantime were busy with last-minute revisions.
“I am a little tense, but a little tension is good, it helps you study,” said Sagar Shah, a student of St Xavier’s Boys’ Academy at Marine Lines.
Students can call the SSC board helpline if they have any problems.
The number is 27893756. It is operational from 7 am to 9 pm.