With the state board rescheduling two Class 12 board exams to March 17 (Sunday) and March 26 (Tuesday), the All India Federation of Parent-Teachers' Association has written to the BEST undertaking and the railways to ensure there are adequate services and to withdraw blocks so that students don't face any trouble while commuting on a Sunday.
Exam dates for two papers under the revised syllabus have been rescheduled. While the Chemistry paper (revised syllabus) will be held on March 26 at 11am instead of February 27, the Biology paper (revised syllabus) will be held on March 17 at 11am instead of March 4. The economics paper is scheduled on March 17 between 3pm and 6pm.
"On Sundays, the public transport bodies reduce services because of low passenger turnout. The western and central railways also carry out blocks to conduct routine maintenance work," said Anujkumar Pandey, secretary, All India Federation of Parent- Teachers' Association. "We have sent letters to the authorities concerned, requesting them to ensure adequate services on March 17, which is a Sunday, so that students don't face any inconvenience."
The association would be also writing to the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) asking them to operate enough services across the state.
While none of the public transport bodies have received the letter, they assured that that students wouldn't be inconvenienced. "We haven't received the letter, but BEST will take cognisance of the situation and operate adequate services on that day," said a senior BEST official requesting anonymity.
When contacted, Sharat Chandrayan, Western Railway spokesperson, said, "We have not yet finalised the block schedule. However, we will ask the authorities concerned to consider the situation and take a call."
VA Malegaonkar, chief public relations officer, Central Railway said it was too early to comment on the March 17 block.