Pune, 23rd February 2023: The Class 12 (HSC) board exams in Maharashtra have begun smoothly after the non-teaching staff strike was called off. However, junior college teachers in the state have boycotted answer sheet verification due to their pending demands, raising concerns about who will check the answer sheets of the students.
Meanwhile, subject experts and chief regulators boycotted a meeting to discuss a printing mistake on the English subject paper, leaving students and parents worried about the six marks in question. The strike by non-teaching staff, which began on February 20, has been suspended until March 10 following a meeting of the State University and College Non-Teaching Staff Joint Action Committee.
Despite the strike being called off, the boycott by junior college teachers has added to the worries of students who are uncertain about when their answer sheets will be checked. A student reported that they informed their exam in charge of a printing mistake in the English subject paper and were assured that the HSC Board would declare an official decision.
However, the students are worried about whether they will receive the six marks or not, as it was not clear who will verify the answer sheets.
Santosh Fasage, president of Maharashtra State Junior College Teachers Federation, explained that the state government could not decide how to score the questions of six marks without printing the answers in the English subject paper. The meeting of the main regulatory body of the English subject was boycotted by subject teachers, raising concerns about how the issue will be resolved. The Minister of School Education is expected to intervene and solve the problems of the teachers.
Sharad Gosavi, Chairman of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, assured students that the board would conduct a meeting of the regulatory body of the English subject. The board will verify and then announce the final decision on this issue. If there is any mistake made by the HSC board, bonus marks will be given to all students. Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing strike, the board is working to ensure a fair and smooth examination process for all students.