Though the state board has not yet announced the dates for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam results, social media is abuzz with rumours on the subject. Pictures of fake state board websites with fake dates of release of results are being circulated online, leading to confusion among students and their parents.
The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam results were announced on May 27 this year, a few days earlier than last year’s date of release. Ever since then, almost every day has seen a new date for SSC results being circulated on social media, students said.
Adding to the chaos, screenshots of a website designed to look like the official state board site were doing the rounds on Whatsapp recently. These images suggested that the results would be announced on June 3, but the board has confirmed that the images were fake.
“The messages doing the rounds contained fake images of the board website,” said Laxmikant Pande, divisional chairperson of the state board, Mumbai division. “We have not yet announced any date for the results.”
Students and principals said that these frequent messages were raising their stress levels. “I usually don’t believe in these messages on social media, but this time, some of the messages have been so convincing that I ended up believing some of them,” said Aarti Rai, a Class 10 student from Navi Mumbai. “It’s extremely frustrating and adds to our anxieties.”
“Students are so dependent on social media that they have become extremely gullible and believe anything that is circulated there,” said Anjana Prakash, pricipal, Hansraj Morarji Public School, Andheri.
Parents said that the board should announce result dates at the earliest to avoid such confusion. “Why can’t the board fix a date at the beginning of the year itself, along with the timetable?” asked Shruti Rathod, a parent from Andheri.