Going into an exam hall filled with people could make anyone feel nervous. But, for a student in India, it appears that it was not the question papers but the sight of 500 female students and no other male student which made him feel nervous.
According to a report by The Times of India, the teenager had become very nervous, fainted and ended up in hospital after going into his mathematics exam on the first day of the exam season.
Manish Shankar Prasad, 17, a student of Biharsharif-based Allama Iqbal College reached his exam centre at the Brilliant convent school in Sundargarh quite early.
According to his family members, after he had realised that he was the lone male examinee among 500 girl students, the shy boy felt extremely nervous.
“He went to take the exam, but his health deteriorated. He became nervous, had headache and caught fever as well.”
He panicked and developed fever as well and did not appear for the School examination Board (BSEB) exam on Thursday.
The boy was so nervous that he could hardly speak to local reporters when they asked him about what happened to him during the exam, witnesses said.
His parents and local residents blamed the authorities for the mess up and that the school administration claimed that at the time of filling the form, Manish might have mentioned his gender as ‘female’ by mistake which is why he was allotted a centre with all female students.
“Or, when the boy saw that his gender has been mentioned as female in his admit card, he should have rectified it immediately. Sufficient time, 20 days, was given to students to make any corrections in their admit card. This is utter carelessness either on the part of the boy or his guardian, or the school from where his form was filled,” said Shashi Bhushan Prasad, principal at the examination centre,
We hope that the boy recovers from the incident and is able to do his exam in the near future.