Hyderabad: Students appearing for SSC Public Examinations, starting Saturday, can be only five minutes late for their exam although they were advised to reach at least an hour earlier. This means, if the exam is to start at 9.30 am, they will be allowed to enter the centre at 8.45 am. Entry shuts at 9.35 am.
Director of School Education T Vijaya Kumar said no student will be allowed inside the exam centre after the five-minute grace time i.e. after 9.35 am. The examinations, which will commence on March 16, will conclude on April 3 and the English paper-II, scheduled for March 22, was postponed to April 3 due to the MLC elections.
This year, 5,52,302 students, including 2,55,318 boys and 2,52,492 girls from 11,023 schools, are expected to take the examinations. Of the total, 5,07,810 are regular students, while 44,492 are private candidates. Kumar said hall tickets were sent to respective schools and can also be downloaded from the website https://www.bsetelangana.org/.
For smooth conduct of the examinations, the Directorate of Government Examinations constituted 2,563 centres, 144 flying squads and four special flying squads across Telangana. The Director warned that stern action would be taken against students caught in malpractice cases. He advised them to visit the centre a day before the exam to get familiar with the location. Except for the hall ticket, writing pad and pens, students will not be allowed to carry anything into examination hall, Kumar said.
Necessary instructions were passed to the Police and Revenue departments to shut down photo copying centres, besides enforcing Section 144 around exam venues. Kumar said special control rooms were arranged at the Directorate of Government Examinations and District Education Offices to oversee the conduct of exams.
Keeping the larger interest of students in mind, Kumar said the government permitted class X students in 340 private schools, which failed to get recognition this year.