India.com: Maharashtra: Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
It has been found the Maharashtra state board’s Mumbai division office where the answer sheet and exam papers are stored is in dilapidated state. As a per a structural audit, there have been revelations that cracks have been developed in some of the pillars of the 20 year old building , weakening the building’s foundation as per the board officials. The teachers have also complained that the basement is not yet cordoned off while the divisional board has appealed to the state board to begin the repair work at the earliest.
Siddheshwar Chandekar, secretary of the divisional board also revealed that they will not be able to shut the basement until the exams and assessments conclude. The room is occupied even after results are declared, as photocopies of answer sheets are stored here for students who request to see them under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. There have also been fears that in case the building is not repaired in time it might collapse and lakhs of copies of answer sheet might get destroyed. The official sources also revealed that the room is occupied even after results are declared, as photocopies of answer sheets are stored here for students who request to see them under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The state board officials also said that they are considering the divisional board’s appeal for repairs, it is unable to find a suitable time. After the SSC exams end in April, work will begin for supplementary exams to be held in July. The results of SSC exams will be declared in August. The work for Maharashtra HSC and SSC will commence for supplementary exams to be held in July, and the results will be declared in August.