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Coronavirus | Maharashtra govt. postpones Class 10, 12 board exams

State School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad. File   | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini

The Maharashtra government on Monday postponed the State board examinations of Classes 10 and 12, which were scheduled to be held this month, in view of the rising COVID-19 cases. The government has already cancelled tests for Classes 1 to 8.

State’s School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad made the announcement after meeting with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. “In view of the future entrance exams for Class 12 students, it has been decided to conduct their board exams in May and that of Class 10 in June.”

Ms. Gaikwad added that the State government would be writing to other boards such as the CBSE, ICSE, IB and Cambridge to consider postponing their exams as well.

In the meeting, Mr .Thackeray directed the School Education department to develop a standard operating procedure (SOP) to organise board examinations. It has to be kept in mind that Class 12 students would be appearing for various entrance exams in a few months. “A system must be developed so that the exams are held on the dates announced,” he said.

Mr. Thackeray gave directions to increase the number of centres, fix school and college buildings and identify bigger halls to ensure physical distancing. In addition, he said, special attention should be provided on sanitisation of exam centres and toilets. All staff appointed at these centres should be vaccinated, he said.

Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh said the government would not hold the MBBS examinations by jeopardising the safety of students. “The National Medical Council has directed the States to conduct final year exams as per the announced dates. Therefore, final year exams will take place as announced. However, we will be taking a decision on second and third year exams after holding discussions with all stakeholders,” he said.

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