It wasn’t just distance education students who showed up for the re-exam of the final year BCom business economics paper on Tuesday. Regular students, too, arrived at exam centres assuming they would be allowed to take the re-exam.
These were repeaters who took the same exam as the distance education students.
At least 25 repeaters turned up at Rizvi College, Bandra, one at Agrawal College, Kalyan, and 10 at Burhani College, Mazgaon. Officials turned them away.
“When we contacted the university on Thursday, they said the exam was for everyone,” said a student at Burhani College.
On March 27, the day of the exam, 612 distance education students did not receive papers because the university had forgotten to print them. It was later faxed and emailed to colleges. One centre failed to receive the fresh set. The university then announced a re-exam on April 10 only for distance education students, but it was not compulsory for all. However, repeaters claimed that they too, had got wrong question papers. As a result, they thought that they could appear for the re-exam.
“The university never provided any information,” said a student who was turned away from Rizvi College.
In a circular dated April 5, the university had clearly stated that the re-exam was only for distance education students. The university, on Tuesday, again clarified this in a press note. In total, 135 students appeared for the re-exam on Tuesday.