In order to attack the situation of COVID-19 provincially and nationally, the Maharashtra Board has decided to cancel the Board 10 exams. Earlier, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) had postponed the exams to be held in June. The previous decision has now been canceled. Announcing the cancellation of the Board’s exams, Minister of State School Education, Varsha Gaikwad said, “The health and safety of students and teachers is our top priority.”
Apart from selecting the distribution of 11th and 12th classes of the MSBSHSE SSC, it is also important for the adoption of the FYJC or the admission of small colleges in Maharashtra. No information on how this will be done will be accepted. “The condition of which results will be announced in grade 10 and the date of the announcement of the results will soon be announced. The Department of School Education is committed to creating a “fair and accurate” assessment standard,” Gaikwad was informed.
While opinion tests have now been canceled. MSBSHSE had earlier announced that it would cancel exams for Maharashtra SSC students. Instead of activities, students have been asked to submit assignments to their schools. On average, about 15 lakh students take a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or study 10 exams held by the Maharashtra Board who will be affected by this decision.
Not just in the 10th grade, Maharashtra had decided to promote students in grades 1 to 9 and in grade 11 without exams. Now, only 12th graders from Maharashtra will appear in the exams this year. MSBSHSE HSC Board exams have been postponed and revised dates are yet to be announced. Regarding the Grade 12 exams, Gaikwad said the government was “monitoring the situation”.
The decision not to take the 10th grade exams is in line with the decision taken by the Center government. Earlier this month, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a meeting with senior officials where a decision was taken to cancel the CBSE board 10 exams and postpone the Grade 12 exams. Following the decision, Gaikwad had said the Maharashtra Board would consider the decision taken by the CBSE before making a final call.
MSBSHSE has written to CBSE, CISCE, and other education boards to have a similar policy. Earlier this month, Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant wrote to Education Minister Ramesh Pokhiryal Nishank requesting a similar policy for the 10th and 12th board exams in the districts and boards. “A double decision in any state could result in students in that province being in a state of disarray at work and getting a chance,” the former union minister wrote in his letter.
“As the current situation is not in a state of probation, we have previously postponed our exams while asking other boards to postpone their own. In response to our communication, some boards have now released their tests, so to maintain unity, we have canceled ours, ”said Gaikwad while canceling the Maharashtra Board SSC exams.
After the CBSE, CISCE also canceled its Class 10 exams. Earlier the middle board had given students the opportunity to choose their test mode. They had the option of appearing to write a written exam or be promoted according to an internal examination. Now, the option is not available and all students will be tested based on a “special procedure”, which is yet to be disclosed.