Three students showing up for class X board exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had to miss it as they were late by eight minutes at a center in Wakad.
CBSE Class X Students Missed the Final Exam Due to 8 Minutes Late
This resulted in a ruckus outside the center at Akshara International School in Wakad with parents of the understudies contending with the school the board.
With the examination scheduled to begin from 10.30 am, students were permitted inside the examination center from 9.30 am till 10 am. The three understudies, two girls, and a boy, from Priyadarshani School in Moshi, arrived at the inside at 10.08 am.
The parents of the understudies attempted to talk with the school the board to permit them to show up for the examination, which brought about a disorder and contentions outside the examination center.
Mohini Udhane, the parent of one of the students forced to miss the exam, said, “All us, the three students and parents, were coming to the examination center by car but due to heavy traffic near Wakad Chowk, we crossed the road by foot and then took an auto to reach the school. We reached the school by 10.08 am and requested the school management to allow our children to appear for the examination but the management denied permission and we were made to wait outside.”
The parents also gave an application to the school to allow them to appear for the examination which requested CBSE to intervene but still, the school did not allow students to sit for the examination. While the board examination process for optional subjects offered by CBSE started from February 15, the regular examination started from Wednesday with the first paper being English.
Udhane added, “As this was the first paper, now I am worried for their future examinations also. They might feel mentally disturbed now and might not be able to concentrate on their future examinations.”
“The centre can penalise students by not allowing them to write the paper for 15 minutes from the start but not allowing them to sit for the paper altogether is unfair,” she said.
Swati Shinde, parent of another student of the three, said, “We live in Moshi and from there, the distance was too long and we had to travel for at least 13-14 km. The CBSE administration should also consider about the distance of the examination centre from the original school before selecting it. Not allowing students to appear for examination will cost them a year. School should allow students to appear for the examination at least on humanitarian grounds.”
Sonali Balwatkar, principal, Akshara International School, said, “CBSE has given all centre heads strict guidelines to be followed during the examination process. According to it, no student can be allowed to enter the examination centre after 10 am. We have also given the same instructions to students and parents and it has been mentioned on their admit cards as well. As a principal, and part of the CBSE examination centre, I could not take decision on my own.”
An official from CBSE office in Pune confirmed to Mirror that the request of allowing the students at Akshara International School to appear for examination reached them but, as per CBSE rules, it was not allowed.