Mumbai, February 28: The Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is strictly following the punctuality rule and students who are appearing for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations will not be allowed to appear for the paper if they report late to the hall. More than 3.82 lakh students from the Mumbai division will appear for the SSC examinations that begin on March 1, Thursday.Also Read - Omicron: No Case in Mumbai Yet, Confirms Genome Sequencing of South Africa Returnees

The punctuality rule is aleready being enforced for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams. And students who report to the hall after the exam begins will not be allowed to enter, the Hindustan Times reported. Also Read - Mandatory RT-PCR Test, 14-Day Quarantine: How Airports Across Country Gearing up to Tackle Omicron Variant | Key Points 

“Late comers will not be allowed to enter the hall once the exam begins. We want to avoid any exam malpractice this year,” said Subhash Borse, in-charge secretary of the Mumbai division of the MSBSHSE. Also Read - India vs New Zealand 2nd Test: Ajaz Patel Feels NZ Spinners Could Have Bowled With Better Line And Length In Kanpur

“Students should reach their respective exam centres at least 30 minutes before the exam begins and keep in mind the traffic trouble in a city like Mumbai,” Borse said. “Except for the strict timings, there is no change in the conduct of the SSC exams this year.”

It was reported on Tuesday that 14 students were barred from writing the HSC exam for reaching late.

The state board has increased the number of flying squads monitoring exam centres across the state. “No form of cheating or copying will be accepted and students caught will be given a strict warning against repeating the offence,” said Borse.