Around 1,22,945 HSC students will take their 1st paper on languages in Mumbai. State wide, more than 13 lakh HSC students will be taking their exams. Of these , 3,28,698 are from Mumbai's junior colleges.
The examination is being conducted at 587 centres and subcentres, where the students will be supervised by more than 13,000 invigilators. 34 flying squads will observe various centres to suppress plagiarism.
Junior colleges have been busy arranging facilities to make sure that the exams go on smoothly. The responsibility of collecting and distributing question paper lies with the nodal centres. The exam will be held in 2 shifts ie. 11 am to 2 pm and 3pm to 6pm.
The online delivery of papers, which the the university for degree course exams follow, would be helpful if it was applied for board exams as well, according to the principals. Dr V Katchi, principal of Bhavans college, Andheri said, "We are well-equipped to handle the examinations, as are most other junior colleges. The university's system is quite efficient and it would help if the same system was used for the board exams as well."
The students will now be allowed to carry their own logbooks to exam halls by the board. Earlier, the board had made it a rule that the students use only those logbooks which were provided at the centre. But the students had complained about several errors in the logbooks given to them at the centres. The issue was escalated to the board by MNVS. Sudhakar Tamboli from MNVS said, "There were two to three errors on almost every page. The board had promised to fix them, but it was not a feasible to do so as they can't print so many copies in a couple of days."
Laxmikant Pande, Mumbai divisional board Chairman said, The students are free to bring their own logbooks. But they must come early and get them approved by the supervisors. Only then will they be allowed to use them." He added that rectified logbooks will also be obtainable at the centres.