Due to the delay in the distribution of OMR, attendance and award sheets for Class 10th practical examinations 2018, some schools were forced to postpone the exercise by a day.
Although it was announced on October 21 last year that the Class 10th practical examinations will be held on January 23 this year, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) failed to send the required materials to the offices of district education officers on time.
The principal of Patna Collegiate Madhuri Dwivedi said the school sent one of its employees to the DEO office on Saturday to collect the materials but to no avail.
"We have decided to hold practical examinations of science, social science, music and home science on January 24 and 25 depending on the availability of exam materials," she added.
Meenakshi Jha, the principal of Bapu Smarak Mahila Uchh Vidyalaya, stated that, "We enquired about the exam materials from BSEB and DEO offices on Saturday, but the officials concerned were busy in preparations for human chain formation."
"The school remained closed on Monday due to Saraswati Puja. If we get the materials on Tuesday, the practical examinations will be conducted in the second half on January 23," she added.
Patna DEO Jyoti Kumar said the exam materials reached his office on Monday morning. "Schools can now collect the materials," he added.
However, authorities of schools said they have so far not received any notification from the DEO office regarding the availability of exam materials.
An official of Shankar Uchh Vidyalaya Mahna, Begusarai, said they were busy in downloading the admit cards of Class 10th students which was uploaded to the website of the Board on January 19.
"Till January 20, we were busy in downloading the admit cards of Class 10 students. When we searched for the admit cards of our students on the Board's site, we were shocked to find that admit cards of a Jamui school were mistakenly uploaded there.
Same was the case with many other schools as well," the official said, adding as far as practical examinations are concerned, they are in a dilemma as the DEO office has so far not received the exam materials.