Two days after Mahim resident Gauri Keni, 20, fractured her right hand on being hit by a bike, the Class 12 student endured pain and appeared for a two-hour biology Paper 2 on Monday, without a writer.
On Saturday, Keni was hit by a bike while on her way to buy a book for her common entrance test and was rushed to Bhabha Hospital, Bandra.
“The X-ray showed I had fractured my right hand and it would be difficult for me to move my hand for some time,” she said.
Though Keni was unaware that she could opt for a writer, the chief conductor at her exam centre at M.H Saboo Siddique Junior College, Byculla arranged for one on Monday morning.
“But I found it difficult to dictate answers to the writer. After ten minutes, I started writing the paper on my own,” Keni added.
Shaikh Yasin Yacuv, deputy chief conductor at the exam centre, said Keni was disturbed. “We wanted to help her as much as we could,” he said.
The state education board’s Mumbai division has been lenient with students who have met with mishap.
“Board exams are crucial for students and they put in a lot of effort to appear for the papers. From our end, we cooperate with students as much as we can,” said RR Bhise, divisional secretary of the Mumbai division adding that mishap incidents have risen this year.
On Monday, Neelima Arjan, a student of St Charles High School, Santacruz, was also provided with a writer at the last minute. The Class 10 student appeared for the Science and Technology exam despite undergoing an intestinal surgery at Prashanti Nursing Home, Kalina, on Saturday.
Principal Sister Jacinta D’souza sought permission for a writer from the state board to help Arjan give the exam at Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Santacruz.
“We did not want her to miss the exam. She has been suffering from pain for quite some time but it exacerbated on Friday. After she wrote the paper today, she has been admitted back to the hospital and there is no exam tomorrow,” she said.
In another case, Yug Bagla, 15, a Class 10 state board student appeared for the Science and Technology exam from an ambulance flanked by a doctor and an attendant at Pancholia High School, Kandivli, because he was too weak to sit in a classroom.
Last week, Bagla who was detected with acute and chronic pancreatic that is caused by the inflammation of the pancreas missed his English exam since he was admitted to the intensive care unit at a Goregoan hospital.