On Wednesday, a slow running train delayed Jyoti Masle, 17, from reaching her Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam centre in Wadala in time for the Hindi paper at 11 am.
At 10.20 am, she called up the state board’s helpline, which informed the chief conductor at her centre. Masle finally reached the centre five minutes after the exam had begun and was allowed to sit for the paper.
“Students tend to panic after realising they can’t reach the centre on time,” said Balasaheb Hylia, the counsellor manning the board’s helpline in the day.
Nearly 3.11 lakh students from the city are taking the HSC exam this year. Of them 1.1 lakh appeared for the Hindi paper on Wednesday.
The board helpline (27893756) received three calls from students delayed while reaching their centres. One of the students, who called the helpline, had been caught travelling without a ticket in the local train by a ticket collector at Byculla station. “The TC finally let the boy go and he reached the centre at Byculla five minutes late. He was allowed to sit for the paper,” Hayle said. Students found the Hindi paper lengthy, but easy.
“It was a good paper and nothing was outside the syllabus,” said Prachita Suryavanshi, a student of Modern College in Vashi.
Sudarshan Shetty, an HSC student of Shardashram Technical College in Dadar, met with an accident on Tuesday when a tanker hit him. Shetty was returning from his exam centre, Antonia Da Silva High school, Dadar. The student, an orphan, was rushed to Holy Family hospital in Dadar and admitted to he ICU. The board rejected requests to let him give his exam from the hospital. He will give the exam from Canossa Convent High School, a few minutes from his hospital. “We have made special provision for him to appear for the paper from the nearest centre,” said RR Bhise, divisional secretary from the Mumbai division.