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SSLC exam held without a hitch

Staff Reporter

Most students find geography paper easy

KOCHI: No complaints were reported in connection with the SSLC examination held on Friday at different schools in the district, the Deputy Director of Education, Ernakulam, K. Kuttapan, said. Today's geography exam was easy for most students.

Question papers were sent to examination centres early enough. Security was tightened at all examination centres, with armed policemen being posted to guard the room where question papers were kept. The Deputy Director had sought the help of top police officials in the city for the smooth conduct of the examination.

Six squads led by the District Educational Officer (DEO), Baby Usha Kiran, were deputed at various schools. Squad members reviewed arrangements for the examination. The DEO visited schools in the city.

Shortage of question papers for the examination scheduled on Monday was reported from Government High Schools at Poothotta and Kanjiramattom. Mr. Kuttapan said that sufficient number of question papers would be provided to the schools. He said that all arrangements for the examination to be held on Monday had been completed.

Seriousness lost

Praveen Neelakandan, an SSLC student of CCPLM Anglo-Indian School, Thevara, said that the introduction of grading system, its recall midway, its reintroduction at the eleventh hour and the leakage of question papers during the half-yearly and final SSLC examinations resulted in the examinations losing their value and seriousness.

"With the exams being held after a three-week gap, I felt that I was writing a test paper and not a serious examination. Today's geography paper was easy," he said.

Ambika C.A., a teacher at Irumbanam High School, said that cramming two papers - physics and chemistry on April 18 and Biology and IT on April 19 would be tough for students.

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