SSC, HSC exams in their own institute strict rules taken by government to avoid paper leaking.

MUMBAI: Principals in the city have written to the state education department requesting it to allow SSC and HSC students to take the exam in their own school or college or stop the 10-minute reading time instead of taking away the 30-minute grace time.

Let students take SSC, HSC exams in their own institute’

The state board, earlier this week, had announced that students will not be able to enter exam centres even a minute late to curb malpractices. Earlier, they could enter the exam hall until 30 minutes after the paper started.While some principals have welcomed the move, others are worried about the implementation of the rule. "We get constant requests from students who are late due to various reasons. In rural areas, the exam centres are located far from home, while in the cities, there is a lot of uncertainty due to traffic. If we don't consider genuine cases, students will be at loss," said Redij. member of the Mumbai's principal association.The association has written to the department suggesting they allow students to take the exam at their own school. "A student travels to his own school every day and knows how much time would be required. To avoid malpractices, teachers or principals could be assigned to another school. The board could also discontinue the 10-minute reading time to avoid papers being circulated when students are still outside the exam halls," said Redij.During board exams this year, pictures of question papers made it social messaging apps before the exams began and many students who came in late possibly had the time to look through the answers accordingly. —Vinamrata Borwankar