Due to the second wave of Covid-19, the Maharashtra government on Monday announced that it has decided to postpone the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) final examinations for the current academic year.
Varsha Gaikwad, the Maharashtra education minister, said Class 10 and Class 12 board exams will be deferred. Maharashtra is the worst Covid-19 affected state in India.
Meanwhile, Taking to Twitter state School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad informed that the situation was being closely monitored and that fresh dates for these exams will be announced accordingly. “Your health is our priority,” she added.
📢 Imp Announcement: Given the current #COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra, we’ve postponed state board exams for class 10th & 12th. The present circumstances are not conducive for holding exams. Your health is our priority. #PariskhaPeCharcha #HSC #SSC #exams (1/5) pic.twitter.com/cjeRZAT7ux
— Varsha Gaikwad (@VarshaEGaikwad) April 12, 2021
The Maharashtra board exams were scheduled to start on April 23 and April 29 for classes 10 and 12, respectively. The board was also planning to conduct special exams for students in June.
Maharashtra Education Minister said, “We’ve postponed state board exams for class 10th and 12th. Class 12th exams will be held by end of May, while 10th standard exams will be in June. Fresh dates will be announced accordingly.”
Thanking Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for approving the decision, Gaikwad said during the consultations, various alternative assessment options were evaluated keeping the health, well-being, and future of students in mind.
“Postponing exams seemed to be the most pragmatic solution,” she added.
On Sunday, Maharashtra recorded 63,294 new cases of coronavirus, its highest single-day rise since the pandemic broke out, which pushed the caseload to 34,07,245, as per official figures.
The death of 349 patients due to the infection took the state’s toll to 57,987. A record 2,63,137 tests were conducted across the state during the day, which took the overall test count to 2,21,14,372.
Meanwhile, Sonu Sood has joined the petition to ‘cancel board exams’ and shared a video on his social media pages. The actor urged ‘there should be an internal assessment method’ to promote the students. Sonu in the video is heard saying that the students are not ready for the exams amid the prevailing circumstances of growing cases of coronavirus.
I request everyone to support students who are forced to appear for offline board exams in these tough times. With the number of cases rising to 145k a day I feel there should be an internal assessment method to promote them rather than risking so many lives. #cancelboardexam2021 pic.twitter.com/Taq38B0811
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) April 11, 2021
In the video, Sood said, “On the behalf of students, I want to put in a request. CBSE and board exams are going to be held offline, I do not think the students are ready to sit for the exams amid the prevailing circumstances.”
Sonu also gave examples of other countries like Saudi Arabia and Mexico that cancelled exams despite fewer cases of the coronavirus.