Hyderabad: Nearly 365 centres out of the total 2,331 that have been identified for Intermediate public exams scheduled to begin from March 10, have no benches, desks and tables and the students would be forced to sit on the floor to write the exams.
The Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) is making last minute efforts to provide furniture in these exam centres. It has asked all the districts’ administration to arrange for benches and desks on rent if required, and, even agreed to bear the expenditure.
Over 18.70 lakh students will appear for the Inter exams.
“The furniture problem is especially acute for centres located in interiors and remote areas. We have asked the officials to explore various options like shifting the furniture from nearby government offices, private schools and colleges. They were also asked to hire them from private institutions and we are ready to pay the rent,” said Mr G. Balaramaiah, secretary, Board of Intermediate Education.
He said the Board was forced to alter the timings of three papers as they overlapped with the SSC exams, which will begin from March 22.
“The Inter exams between March 22 and 25 will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm. The remaining papers will be held as scheduled from 8 am to 11 am from March 26 to 30,” he said.
The overlapping of Inter and SSC exams occurred due to the postponement of Inter exams from March 3 to March 10 due to the Telangana agitation.
Students can contact the following helpline numbers: Control room phone: (040) 24601010. Joint secretary (First year exams):
(0) 9848309007. Joint secretary (Second year exams): (0) 9848018289. Joint secretary (Vocational): (0) 9848803114.