Maharashtra Board Exams: Maharashtra’s Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has said that a decision regarding the conduction of Board Exams in the state will be taken within this week, that was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She also said that the government is considering a non-examination route for Maharashtra HSC Exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bombay High Court on Thursday came down hard on Maharashtra government for cancelling the Board Exams of SSC of the state, criticising for making a joke of the education system. Division bench made by Justice SP Tavade and S J Kathawalla sought a reply from the government on why a decision to cancel the board exams is considered.
For which, Gaikwad said that the decision to cancel the Board Exams had to be considered due to the prevailing situation of the pandemic. And, that many parents and teachers have also expressed their concerns over the health and safety of their children if the Board Exams were to be conducted amidst a deadly wave of pandemic.
In a high-profile meeting attended by union ministers and state education secretaries on Sunday, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said decided that Class 12 board exams will be conducted this year, with dates announced by next month. He also welcomed suggestions and proposals by state governments regarding the conduction of Board Exams.
The Education Minister tweeted saying that the focus must be on evolving a uniform assessment policy, vaccinating all students and teachers first and then to resume schools and college campuses for the next year. She also tweeted of the situation where Class 12 students have been in the same academic year for the past 14 months and a decision must be taken to break the stagnation and uncertainty of students’ futures.
She further said “For CBSE schools, the Centre has sought feedback from states on two options it has proposed for the conduct of exams. I’ve given our initial feedback but have conveyed that I will hold further deliberations with the chief minister and legal experts on both CBSE and our own board exams.”
With inputs from India Today.