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Over 2.70 lakh students from the Pune division will appear for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC, Std X) examination of the Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, which begins on Thursday 1st March 2012. Marathi first language and Hindi first language exams would be held on Thursday. The examination marks the first instance of students writing their papers for the new upgraded syllabus of mathematics and science subjects, which was introduced at the SSC level from academic year 2011-12. However, the repeater candidates will have to write their papers for the old course.Divisional board secretary M.V. Gosavi said here in a release that the education board has made elaborate arrangements to ensure smooth conduct of the examination. The board has also hired professional counsellors for guiding students during the course of the examination as a measure to reduce the exam stress, he said. Of the total 486 examination centres across the Pune division area of Pune, Ahmednagar and Solapur districts, 32 centres have been identified as sensitive. Steps like bar coding of answer sheets, hologram stickers for establishing authenticity of answer sheets, videographing of sensitive centres and surprise visits to exam centres by vigilance and sitting squads, have been put in place, said Gosavi.
Out of the total 2,70,230 students enrolled from Pune division, 1,51,737 are boys and 1,18,493 girls. Together, these candidates represent 3,144 secondary schools, the district-wise break up of schools being 1,318 from Pune, 932 from Ahmednagar and 894 from Solapur. A total of 1,22,268 new course students and 9,896 old course candidates are from Pune city, Pimpri-Chinchwad and adjoining rural areas. Adequate gap between two papers has been ensured to reduce exam stress. As has been the tradition, English and mathematics papers will have multiple set question papers to ensure that candidates seated in front and back and to the right and the left of a student get different question papers. The board has allowed certain concessions for the physically challenged and special kids i.e. those suffering from dyslexia; dysgraphia and dyscalculia; blindness or visual impairment; cerebral palsy and physical handicap and autistic students, among others.
Courtesy: Times of India
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