As more than 3.8 lakh Class 10 students in the city face their first Secondary School Certificate (SSC) board exams on Saturday; their nerves are slightly calmed knowing that for the first time this year, they can send their answer sheets for re-evaluation, and not just re-totalling as the practice was so far.
Three-hundred and twenty five exam centres in the city have been readied to accommodate 3.88 lakh SSC students for the exams, which will go on till March 25, up from 3.72 lakh last year.
This is also the last batch of students to give the exam from the old syllabus. On Saturday, students will appear for the non-English languages exam.
Clearing a long-pending demand of students, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) had last year decided to introduce a complete re-evaluation of answer sheets.
Presently, students who request for re-evaluation only get their marks re-totalled, which only eliminates errors in calculation. The MSBSHSE made an announcement to this effect at a press conference in Pune.
Students expressed relief regarding the move.
“I am a bit nervous about my science paper, but I am happy that the board has introduced the re-evaluation option. It will eliminate errors in marking and the role played by the subjectivity of an examiner,’’ said Huzefa Vakil,15.
Other changes this year is that students will have to givea combined science exam weighing 60 marks on one answer sheet, instead of writing sections A and B on separate supplements for teachers’ convenience.
With the languages and social sciences syllabi changing from the next academic year, students are also expecting the exams to be easy this year.
“It’s a general perception that exams for the last batch of any syllabus are generally easy. Students should study the textbooks and not rely too much on notes from coaching classes,’’ said Ranjani Mhaisalkar, a teacher with IES Modern English School, Dadar.
Meanwhile, to ensure students don’t face trouble reaching exam centres on time, railway authorities have cancelled the mega block scheduled on March 17.
“The cancellation of the mega block comes as a huge relief, since my exam centre is in Santacruz and I live in Andheri Lokhandwala,” said Ronak Makani, a student of Podar International School SSC section in Santacruz.