The Calcutta High Court has directed the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) to take a decision on the demand for changing the timing of the 10th board exam. A petition has been filed in the court demanding cancellation of the board’s decision to change the timing of class 10th examination. During the hearing of the petition on Wednesday, a bench of Justice Biswajit Basu directed WBBSE to inform about its decision on Thursday, when the matter will be heard again.
It is noteworthy that by issuing a notification on January 18, West Bengal Board has advanced the timing of class 10th examinations by two hours this time. The board did not give any reason behind this decision. The timing of the examinations earlier used to be 11.45 am, which has now been changed to 9.45 am. The teacher who has filed a petition in the court against the board’s decision says that lakhs of students will be inconvenienced due to this decision.
The petitioner said that changing the timing of the examination starting from February 2 will affect the candidates. During the hearing, the court asked WBBSE as to what were the reasons for changing the timing of the examination. The justice said that students come from remote areas to appear for the examination. They have to cover long distances to reach the examination centres. The advocate appearing for the state said that the examinations of other boards also start at 10 am. All district authorities have been asked to make special arrangements for transportation and other facilities for the candidates.
The board said that the first 15 minutes of the exam will be for reading the question paper. Students will be able to start writing answers from 10 am.