Can’t Waste Academic Year, Maharashtra Board Exams to be Held in April: Gaikwad

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), commonly known as Maharashtra Board will hold the class 10 and 12 board exams from April onwards, the Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad confirmed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a section of parents and students was expecting the state to postpone the board exams, however, the state education minister clarified that the exams will be held as per schedule.

Earlier, the board had announced to hold Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) or class 12 exams from April 23 to May 21 and Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or class 10 from April 29 to May 20.

“Board examinations for classes 10th and 12th will be held as per the schedule declared. While the health of students is our primary concern, we also want to make sure that their academic year does not go to waste,” Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Every year, about 30 lakh students appear for the Maharashtra Board exams. The state board had announced to hold exams amid COVID-19 precautions considering the large number of students. Maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask will be mandatory for students and teachers.

Like many other central and state boards, Maharashtra too had announced to curtail the syllabus by 25 per cent for students appearing for board exams this year. The Board exams will be held on a reduced syllabus to make up for the loss of instructional hours. Schools across India were shut in March 2020 as one of the measures against the COVID-19. Schools across the country have now started to reopen but most of the academic session was spent in online mode.

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