Maharashtra: SSC, HSC Students To Write Board Exams In Their Schools, Junior Colleges

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Pune, March 21, 2021: This year, students will be given an extension of half an hour for the written examination of the 10th and 12th class of the Maharashtra State Board. The 10th practical exam has also been cancelled.

The 10th and 12th examinations of the State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education will begin next month. As the number of corona patients in the state is increasing, the confusion about these tests is stirring up.

In this situation, the education department clarified that the written examination will be as per the schedule but there will be a boon for the students. Generally, three hours are given for an 80 marks examination. But over the past year, students have not been able to practice writing due to online classes. Therefore, this year the time for the written test has been extended by 30 minutes, 15 minutes for 40 and 50 marks and one hour for disabled students.

School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad informed about this in a press conference on Saturday. He said, one classroom would be reserved in each school and teachers and board of education staff would be vaccinated before the exams, a precautionary measure against Corona.

A section of parents was demanding an online examination in the wake of the Corona pandemic. However, the department has clarified that the written examination will be held as per the schedule. However, Gaikwad informed that 16 lakh students of Class X and 13 lakh students of Class XII will appear for the exams and both the exams would be conducted offline as there is no enough system for taking online exams in rural areas.

Accordingly, the written examination for class XII will be held from April 23 to May 21 and the written examination for class X will be held from April 29 to May 20.

The practical examination of class 10 has been cancelled this year and instead the examination will be held from 21st May to 10th June in the form of projects, writing work, homework. The 12th standard practical examination will be held from May 22 to June 10. Junior colleges have been directed to reduce the number of exhibitions of science students to five to six. Students of Arts and Commerce will have to give writing and homework within 15 days after the written test. During the practical examination period, if a student or any member of the household becomes infected with coronavirus or if there is a lockdown, containment zone, curfew, 15 days will be extended for submission of practical examination or homework.

In June, a special examination will take place for the students who could not appear for the examination due to a pandemic during the examination period. The supplementary examination will be held between July-August every year to ensure that the year is not wasted. For both, these examination centres will be at designated places in urban areas and the taluka headquarters in rural areas.

For the convenience of students, written examinations will be conducted in their schools and junior colleges. Schools are allowed to take exams in case of a shortage of classrooms, only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Gaikwad also said students, travelling by local or bus will be allowed to travel along with their parents as the admission card is an identity card.