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French exam date fiasco

An apparent error in the HSC exam timetable has thrown students preparing for the French paper into a tizzy.

mumbai Updated: Feb 22, 2011 01:21 IST
Bhavya Dore

An apparent error in the HSC exam timetable has thrown students preparing for the French paper into a tizzy.

HSC exams begin on Tuesday. On Monday evening, when students went to check seating arrangements at their examination centers, they found that the French paper was scheduled for February 23.

Until that time, the board website had stated that the French paper would be held on February 24. “The timetable put up on the website that we looked at ten or 12 days ago showed February 24 so the change has caused a lot of confusion among students,” said Nitin Dalal, parent of a student of Mithibai College, Vile Parle.

“We discovered the error only today and called the board office. They seem to have changed it now,” added Nitin.

College principals said that the timetable sent by the board to them on Monday showed the French exam date as February 23 while the timetable put up on the website earlier showed February 24.

“By chance we found out this morning that the timetables were different,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s College, Bandra. “There is a danger that students might not know about the change and may not turn up for the exam thinking that it is on February 24. We will make an announcement during the first paper on Tuesday.”

The schedule on the website has now been changed to indicate that the exam will be held on February 23.

“The printouts that we had given to colleges is the correct schedule, even the website says the same thing,” said a board official. Students have been calling up their colleges, their coaching classes and their exam centres to clarify when the exam will be held. “We all found out when we went to check our seating arrangements at the colleges today,” said a student who did not wish to be named.

“We will have less time to study, but there is no choice now,” he added. Several students are possibly still in the dark about the change. “I thought it was on February 24, I have no idea about this change, I will go and check it out,” said Aamir Sakarwala, a student appearing for the French paper.