Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 10
Class X and XII students of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), who are applying for compartment examinations, are a harassed lot.
Many students were unable to submit their application forms till the last date. Now, they are constrained to submit these along with late fee till June 12.
Students have to shuttle between multiple departments of the board office, banks and private shops for filing applications. The PSEB office does not have proper infrastructure to cater to the rush of applicants.
Students have to visit computer shops to apply online for the compartment examination. After completion of the online formality a challan is generated. This challan is to be deposited along with relevant fee at a branch of the State Bank of India and Punjab National Bank.
A student Harpreet Singh said despite repeated attempts by the bank staff the software did not pick his reference number. Following which, he visited local office of the PSEB. He said the staff there was discourteous and non-cooperative. Enough potable water was not available for visiting students and their family members at the board office in the scorching heat, he added.
Another student Prabhjot Kaur said now they had to submit a hard copy of the form at PSEB office in Mohali apart from applying online. She said, “What kind of online facility is this as we have to pay more as late fee.”
One of the parent, Harjit Singh, recalled that it was more convenient during their time to file hardcopy of the application form and submit the same along with fee at the local office of the PSEB. Subsequently, roll number used to arrive at the given address by post, he added.
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