Dhanashree Gaikwad, 18, could appear for the first Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam on Tuesday only because of the timely help from the principal of Shardaashram School in Dadar.
The English paper, the first exam for the Class 12 state board students, began at 11 am. At 11.20 am, principal Pushpa Mondkar received a call from Gaikwad’s father saying that his daughter had met with an accident at Dadar station. “Though her injuries were minor, she was unable to reach the exam centre on time,” said Mondkar.
Gaikwad slipped and fell off the train on to the platform at Dadar station. “I used a co-commuters phone to call my father, who informed the exam centre,” said Gaikwad.
“The girl reached the school before 11.30am and we let her sit for the exam. We got in touch with the secretary of the Mumbai division to allow her to use a writer for the exam,” Mondkar added.
More than 2.8 lakh students from the city appeared for the English paper on Tuesday.
Most students were happy with English paper. “The paper was not lengthy and I had time to go through my answers,” said Pankaj Mehra, a student of ICL College in Vashi.
The state education board’s Mumbai division received complaints from 32 students of Tukaram Harivajekar College in Uran who were not allowed to appear for the English paper. “The 32 students had 20% attendance when the minimum required is 75% attendance,” said Sopan Joshi, joint secretary of the Mumbai division.
Another student, Shristi Sharma, 18, claimed that she had been allotted four exam centres in Kalyan for six exams. “The centres do not have proper infrastructure.
Every day I will have to adjust to a new environment. This is so inconvenient,” said Sharma, a student of Birla College in Kalyan.
Board officials said they were unaware of Sharma’s case. “This could have happened as there are more students than centres,” said Joshi.