The state education board has clarified that there will be no retest or grace marks for Monday’s physics HSC paper. After the paper on Monday, students and parents had asked for a retest saying the paper was lengthy and had questions that were not in the revised syllabus introduced last year.
On Wednesday, the board said that a panel of subject experts, including chairpersons of various board divisions, had checked the question paper and found no questions that were out of the syllabus.
“The time given for the paper was also sufficient; students should learn to manage time. The revised syllabus is hardly different from the old syllabus. We had announced the timetable in June last year so students had plenty of time,’’ said Sarjerao Jadhav, chairperson of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
Students and their parents asked for a retest or grace as they feared that less marks in the physics paper could be a disadvantage in competitive exams that add HSC marks to final scores.
Shabnam Shaikh, a parent of an HSC student said, “The questions asked in the physics paper were not in the syllabus. We are worried about our children failing in the paper.”
After the physics paper on Monday, students flooded education board helpline with requests for a retest.
Many of the callers were apparently prompted by a rogue SMS which said that if students registered their ‘votes’ on the board helpline, the board will conduct a retest for the physics exam.
“Majority of the calls coming through the helpline are related to Monday’s Physics paper. If the students keep on doing this, those students who are genuinely in need of some help will not be able to reach the helpline,’’ said Lakshmikant Pandey, chairman of Mumbai division of the state board.