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Mumbai University, city schools to reschedule exams

Mumbai University will have to reschedule several exams, including papers for which schedules have already been published, following ...

MUMBAI: Mumbai University will have to reschedule several exams, including papers for which schedules have already been published, following announcement of the assembly election dates. School exams too will be affected as most educational institutions are used as polling booths.

Of the 500 exams conducted by Mumbai University, 25 exams set to begin from October 14 and 16 will have to be rescheduled. While the university usually announces the time-table at least two months in advance, this year it announced only commencement dates of exams as it was waiting for the poll dates. "We had no exams scheduled on October 15, but 25 exams were to start from October 14 and 16. Now, there will be no exams on 14, 15 and 16 as the election commission requires polling booths a day before and after the exam too," said Dinesh Bhonde, the university's examination controller.

Only the schedule for Masters in Social Work (MSW) was published, in which eight papers falling on these days will have to be rescheduled, said Bhonde. Deputy registrar Leeladhar Bansod said all deans will meet on September 17 to decide the time-table.

While most college exams are expected to be completed by September-end, teachers and principals are wary of the training programme for the poll. "Those dates also have to be taken into account by the university, as most teachers will not be available," said a principal. But Dinesh Punjwani, principal of RD National College, said since the announcement has come a month in advance, it will be easier for the university to work a schedule.

"We had exams from October 6 to 18 but now we will have to change it, as our premises will be used by the election commission starting October 14. We will have to start exams as early as September 25," said Prashant Redij, principal, Hilda Castelino Marathi High School, Kandivli. "Our revised schedule might be disturbed once dates for teacher training are announced," he said.

"We will have to advance exam dates or it will disturb students' Diwali vacation plans. However, this leaves very little time for students to prepare," said Rajesh Pandya, a teacher at Fatima Devi High School, Malad, and vice-president, Teachers' Democratic Front.

Polling dates will also clash with the class XII (HSC) supplementary exams as Education and English Literature papers are scheduled for October 15. "We will work out a solution on Monday," said Gangadhar Mhamane, chairperson of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.

Source : Times of India

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