The Class 12 state board exams got off to a smooth start in the city on Thursday, with nearly 1.2 lakh candidates across the Mumbai division appearing for the language papers. The Mumb-ai division covers Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts.
However, the second day of the nationwide strike did not inconvenience students. “Everything went off smoothly and there were no complaints,” said Laxmikant Pandey, chairperson of the state board’s Mumbai division.
The official board helpline received around 200 calls on Thursday, out of which 112 calls were made even before the first exam began at 11am. Most callers were concerned about the exam centre addresses, timetable queries and what to do in case they had lost their hall tickets.
“No one complained about reaching the centres late,” said Balasaheb Hyalij, one of the counsellors manning the helpline.
Board officials also made allowances for students who faced difficulties. “One student called saying he is sick, so we asked him to go to an exam centre closer to him and made special arrangements to send a question paper to that centre,” said Pandey.
College authorities also said everything had gone smoothly at their end. “We had no complaints,” said Jyoti Thakur, vice-principal, Jai Hind College at Churchgate.
Students said the papers were easy. “The paper was relatively easy,” said Nirav Thakkar, a Class 12 student who appeared for his French paper at HR College, Churchgate.
Students will appear for the Hindi paper on Friday. Board officials said five cases of cheating had been reported. Meanwhile, more than 60,000 junior college teachers will go ahead with their boycott of paper corrections, though they will continue to discharge their invigilation duties.
“We have still not received any written assurance from the government on our demand, so our call to boycott paper assessments continues,” said Amar Singh, president of the Mumbai Junior College Teachers’ Union.