Kalimpong, March 20: The last-minute postponement of the English examination for Class XI, originally scheduled for today, caused harassment to students from far-flung areas of the Kalimpong subdivision.
The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education decided to defer the test yesterday in view of today’s bandh called by Maoists in Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts to protest against the police firing in Nandigram. However, due to the lack of proper communication in the hills, most students from outside the town got to know of the deferment only after they arrived at their exam centres here.
All the six examination centres for the subdivision, catering to 1,877 students, are located in Kalimpong town. This is the first time that Class XI students have been made to appear for their annual test outside their own schools.
Students today ended up making a fruitless trip to the town from places like Algarah, 18 km from here, and Teesta, 16 km away.