Amid rising cases of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maharashtra government will soon take a call on holding board exams. Earlier, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Education (MSBSHSE) had announced to conduct Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or classes 10 and 12 exams starting April 23. Due to the second wave of Coronavirus, the stet has seen a surge in the number of cases, there has also been demand from a section of students and parents regarding postponement of exams. Many students had taken to Twitter demanding the cancellation of board exams.
State Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad took to social media to release a video message saying, “I have a clear idea that some parents and students are uneasy about the board exams in view of the growing contagion of coronavirus. Protecting the health of students is our first responsibility. We are reviewing the situation. A decision in this regard will be taken in the next few days after discussions with the Chief Minister.”
कोरोनाचा वाढता संसर्ग पाहता बोर्डाच्या परीक्षेविषयी काही पालकांत व विद्यार्थ्यांत अस्वस्थता आहे,याची मला पूर्ण कल्पना आहे.शालेय शिक्षण विभागामार्फत मुख्याध्यापक,शिक्षक,विद्यार्थी,पालक,विविध पक्षीय लोकप्रतिनिधी,जिल्हाधिकारी,टीसीएस,गुगल इंडिया आदीसोबत उपाययोजनांबाबत चर्चा केली आहे. pic.twitter.com/pgwUiYIr5M— Varsha Gaikwad (@VarshaEGaikwad) April 9, 2021
Earlier, the MSBSHSE had given many relaxations to students for the Board exams. To ensure students do not have to travel large distances amid the pandemic, the board has decided to allow students to take exams from their own schools and junior colleges as board exam centres. In case of not adequate seating, nearby centres will be allotted. Board had also decided to vaccinate staff and those on exam duties before the exams.
Every year, about 30 lakh students take the Maharashtra Board Exams including both HSC and SSC. In 2020, over 15.75 lakh candidates had appeared for the SSC exams and 14.13 had appeared for HSC exams. Of these, 90.66 per cent of students passed the HSC exams and 95.3 per cent cleared the SSC exams.