The School Education Minister of Maharashtra, Varsha Gaikwad announced that the 10th and 12th class exams conducted by the state board will not be organized before May 2021 due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, the School Education Minister of Maharashtra said that the schools in the state will partially reopen from 13th November 2020.
The minister further stated that ‘The current situation of coronavirus is likely to last for a longer period. We have discussed the issue of completion of syllabus and holding of exams. The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education will not be able to conduct the exams of Classes 10 and 12 before May.’
Ms. Gaikwad then added that ‘I have also discussed the issue of how much curriculum can be omitted so that teachers can complete the remaining part. We will have to cut at least 25 percent of the curriculum.’ In general, the HSC or 12th class and HSLC or 10th class board exams in the state are conducted between February and March. This year, with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, all the academic activities have been disturbed in the state.
Since March 2020, all the schools across the state were closed due to the nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. In recent times, the education department of the state commenced free online classes for 11th class students. Earlier, the education minister said that the schools will continue to remain shut till the upcoming festival, Diwali. She further said, ‘While we are exploring various options, it is clear that schools will not open before Diwali.’
The State Government of Maharashtra has provided online classes to maintain the teaching-learning process. In the current situation, holding physical classes isn’t possible. Previously, Varsha Gaikwad said that the students and teachers who are a part of digital education will get Diwali holidays. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest educational news such as the exams, results, and more.