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THE STRAGGLERS:Tension is writ large on the faces of students who turned up a little late at Mount Carmel College on the opening day of the II PUC exams in Bangalore on Thursday.
BANGALORE: With two easy papers, II Pre-University Course students breezed through the first day of the exam season. With Chemistry and Business Studies papers, in the science and commerce streams respectively, the month-long public examination commenced across the State on Thursday.
Around 6.2 lakh students appeared for the examination in 331 centres across the State, out of which 10 cases of malpractice were registered. While two students each were from Bagalkot and Gulbarga, a student each was debarred from Belgaum, Bangalore North, Gadag, Kolar, Tumkur and Raichur.
Meanwhile, invigilators at most of the centres appeared in the classroom wearing a black ribbon. Continuing their symbolic protest, demanding that the State Government ensure parity of wages with teachers of neighbouring States, they wore the badges as they went about their duties. “We did not want to disrupt the exam process and burden students. This is why we are going about it in this manner,” a teacher said. She added that the pay difference compared to neighbouring States was in the range of Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 12,000.
In what has become a routine feature at II PUC examinations, students who were denied hall tickets due to inadequate attendance, protested on Thursday also. Some of them got agitated and tried to enter the building of the Pre-University Department, only to be stopped by the police. The department officials told them that the practice of condoning poor attendance had been categorically suspended.
Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri visited the Maharani Lakshmi Ammani College and the Composite Pre-University College in Malleswaram. Posing for pictures and walking through the rooms, he was seen querying about absenteeism and glancing at question papers. He told reporters: “I see a lot of confidence in students this year. I'm happy to see that and wish them the best.” After short rounds he duly made his way back to the Vidhana Soudha where the Council was in session.
Emerging out of the exam hall at the St. Joseph's College, Mugdha Roy said that the exam was “extremely easy”. “I'm generally nervous about Chemistry, and it's good that it is out of the way,” she said.
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