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Big loss: Very few students could make it to the PU supplementary examination at a centre in Mangalore on Thursday.
Big loss: Very few students could make it to the PU supplementary examination at a centre in Mangalore on Thursday.

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Many students in Dakshina Kannada district fail to reach exam centres

Many students stranded owing to lack of transport

Only 927 of the 1,432 students took the exam

MANGALORE: Several students who were to appear for the Pre-University supplementary examination in Dakshina Kannada district failed to write the test owing to non-availability of transport.

Many students came to the centres up to 90 minutes late and had very little time left to write the paper.

A few girls who had come from far off places, were stranded in the heart of the city after the examination for English subject was held from 9 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.

Teachers in Besant College on M.G. Road — one of the two centres in the city — said they continuously received frantic calls from students and their parents asking whether the examination had been postponed. The teachers said the authorities should not have gone ahead with the examination on a day vehicles were off the road.

English Lecturer at St. Aloysius College Joseph Prem Saldanha said the students were tense and were not able to write the examination well because of the delay in reaching the centres and lack of time.Students of 45 colleges — spread far and wide — were allotted centres in the city.

Chaluvegowda M.K., Joint Chief for the examinations at St. Aloysius College, said that students had to travel from far to write supplementary examination. Thursday’s case was special because English was a common subject for both Arts, Science and Commerce students and the number of students appearing for the paper was more.

He and felt that the authorities should hold re-examination.

“The students will lose one academic year for no fault of theirs,” he said.

Many teachers at Besant College also questioned the propriety of the authorities in holding an examination on a bandh day.

The ones like Vasanthi Jayaram Shetty of Ombhattukere near Ullal, who brought her daughter, Harinakshi, in the jeep of a vegetable vendor, was not sure whether they would get transport back home. Anitha K. of Parangipet and Deepika M. of Hosabettu were seen on M.G. Road pleading with the police to help them get back home. They told The Hindu that they did not have anyone in their family who could come and pick them up. Ms. Anita got a vehicle up to Pumpwell and had to walk about six km from there to reach home.

Deputy Director of Pre-University Education R. Basavarajappa said only 927 of the 1,432 registered students could make it to the examination centres in the district. He said in S.V.S. College, Bantwal, 100 of the 176 registered students could not attend the examination. He had brought to the notice of the P.U. Board in Bangalore that more than 500 students could not appear for the examination owing to the bandh.

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