Mumbai: HSC students keen on exams but travel to centres is a worry

MUMBAI: Even as Class XII students in the city seem to be keen on appearing for their higher secondary certificate (HSC) exams, there are concerns that close to 40% of them will have to travel long distances to reach their colleges for exams.

The state has kept HSC exams on hold due to the Covid-19 surge. While students, parents and colleges want the exams, they hope the state will rework and allot centres closer home.

“A good number of my students travel from suburbs such as Navi Mumbai, Uran and Kalyan-Dombivli,” said Hemlata Bagla, principal, K C College, Churchgate. The college, she said, is putting Covid protocols in place for the exams. “Special trains and buses should be made available for them.” Bhayander’s Deepa Makhija said while she wants exams to be held, her son’s travel to H R College, Churchgate, is her worry. College heads said they have been told to share details of exam preparedness with the state. “The state may hold a truncated version of Class XII exam,” said one. Hall tickets are ready and some colleges have distributed them, said a board official.

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