The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams began on Tuesday on a chaotic note owing to errors in online registration of students and rumour-mongering on social media.
More than 200 students of a school in Malad were allocated seats in two exam centres owing to duplication of their online registration. Authorities at Fatimadevi English High School, Malad, were surprised when 200 students that were allotted to their centre did not show up for the paper. However, the students appeared for the exam from another centre.
“We found that the names of the students could have been duplicated during online registration so their seats numbers appeared at both the centres,” said Laxmikant Pande, divisional chairperson, state board.
Several students took a detour to the stationery shops after rumours surface on social media that only transparent writing pads will be allowed in the exam hall spread.
“I was carrying a regular plastic writing pad, but after receiving messages I decided to switch it. The stationery shop near my exam centre was out of transparent writing pads,” said Anvesha Lotlikar, a Class 10 student. “I was relieved that my centre allowed me to use it.”
Though transparent writing pads are preferred to prevent scope for cheating, there is no written rule of the state board over permitting such writing pads.
The help lines were also buzzing with calls from HSC students. A message was circulated giving wrong information that there was a paper leak during the HSC maths exam and that the board has approved for re-exam.
“These messages are absolutely untrue. There has not been any paper leak and so no re-exams will take place,” said Gangadhar Mhamane, chairperson state board.
“If we want to inform students of any decision, we will do so through our website or other official channels.”