‘Set up exam cen­tres in sub­urbs too’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Ankita Bhatkhande

While we al­low chil­dren with spe­cial needs to opt for cen­tres near their homes, ar­rang­ing the same for all the stu­dents is lo­gis­ti­cally dif­fi­cult. It is too late to come up with a so­lu­tion for them, at least this year. SHARAD KHANDAGALE, chair­per­son, Mumbai Divi­sional Board

MUMBAI : Anx­ious about trav­el­ling dis­tances to write the state board ex­ams, a group of Class 12 stu­dents re­sid­ing in the sub­urbs has re­quested the state ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment to set up exam cen­tres in col­leges near their homes.

The con­cern has been raised by stu­dents study­ing in cen­tral and south Mumbai. The stu­dents would have to travel for hours to­gether be­fore reach­ing the cen­tre on time, they com­plained.

On Wed­nes­day, Naren­dra Bhamb­wani, a class owner from Mira Road, wrote to state ed­u­ca­tion minister Vinod Tawde on be­half of these stu­dents.

“A stu­dent who stays in Mira Road but goes to a col­lege in Dadar will have to travel that far on all six days of the exam. As the pa­pers are sched­uled at 11 am, they have to take a train dur­ing peak hours, from 8.30am to 9am,” read the let­ter.

Vi­nay Patil, a stu­dent from Nal­la­sopara, said the board should con­sider stu­dents like him while tak­ing de­ci­sions.

“I have to spend two hours trav­el­ling dur­ing the ex­ams as my col­lege is in Church­gate. If the board al­lots a cen­tre nearby, it would save time and re­duce risks in­volved in trav­el­ling dur­ing rush hours,” he said.

Sharad Khandagale, chair­per­son, Mumbai Divi­sional Board, said that such a pro­vi­sion will be dif­fi­cult to make, es­pe­cially this year.

“While we al­low chil­dren with spe­cial needs to opt for cen­tres near their homes, ar­rang­ing the same for all the stu­dents is lo­gis­ti­cally dif­fi­cult. As most stu­dents are al­ready used to trav­el­ling till their col­lege ev­ery day, we al­lot them a cen­tre within the vicin­ity of the col­lege,” he said.

“Seat dis­tri­bu­tion for this year would be done now and it’s too late to come up with a so­lu­tion for them, at least this year,” he added.

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