The first day of Madhyamik Examinations passed off peacefully, said Kalyanmoy Ganguly, administrator of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Examination (WBBSE) on Monday.
According to information, around 14 examinees were injured when a motor van, in which they were travelling, overturned at Manikchak area in Malda.
The incident occurred when they were going to the examination centre on Monday morning.
They were taken to the Malda Medical College and Hospital where 13 of them were released after primary treatment, while one student is undergoing treatment at the hospital.
All the 13 students were able to appear in the examination while the other candidate failed could not go to the examination centre despite special arrangements made by WBBSE.
However, the board has taken enough measures to prevent copying during the examination and as a result no such incidents were reported in the state.
To check copying, the board had asked all the district police administrations to keep an eye especially in the areas where the sensitive centres were located.
It also instructed to carry out videography at all the sensitive centres where incidents of copying were reported in previous years.
Around 11,53,432 candidates appeared on the first day. Some examinees, however, failed to appear in the examination due to various reasons.
Ganguly said a woman candidate from Malda, who was in the advanced stage of her pregnancy, failed to appear in the examination after she was admitted to the hospital.
“We made some arrangements so that she can appear in the examination, but she failed to take the examination. At Manickchawk centre, a candidate failed to appear in the examination after he met with a road accident. One candidate each from Pakurhat, Darjeeling and Mathabhanga centers failed to appear in the examination due to various reasons,” Ganguly said.
He also said a candidate Abhisek Majumder gave the examination from Cooch Behar MJN Hospital.
He fell ill after consuming insecticides on Sunday night following which he was admitted to the hospital.
As per the earlier announcement of WBBSE, videography was done at sensitive examination centers on Monday and there was a restriction on the use of mobile phones.
There was instruction from WBBSE that all the teachers and staff members who were on duty at the examination centers have to switch off their mobile phones.
There were additional deployments of buses on the roads. There were enough traffic police on duty to ensure smooth traffic flow.