Maharashtra: Class X, XII exams of state board to start in April

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Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Thursday introduced that the written exams of the state board’s Class XII might be held from April 23 to May 29, and of Class X from April 29 to May 31.

The exams are normally held in February and March yearly. However, these had been rescheduled this yr due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are trying to declare the results of classes XII and X by July-end and August-end, respectively,” Gaikwad advised media individuals. The sensible exams for Class XII might be held between April 1 and 22, and for Class X between April 9 and 28, she added.

While the state schooling division didn’t launch any stand working process for conducting the exams, it stated that every one Covid-19 precautions, like sporting masks and sustaining bodily distancing, could have to be adopted.

Barring Mumbai and Thane, faculties in different elements of the state have reopened for college students of courses IX to XII on November 23, 2020. Last week, the division had introduced that courses V to VIII can start offline courses from January 27.

However, the BMC, in a round issued final Friday, had stated faculties in Mumbai will stay closed till additional orders and solely board exams may be carried out.

As faculties in Mumbai stay closed for bodily courses, lecturers have expressed concern about Class X college students who’re set to seem for his or her board exams. While most colleges have carried out unit checks and semester exams on-line this yr, faculties had been awaiting tips on the conduct of board prelims.

The authorities on Thursday stated that conducting prelims in school rooms might be determined by the native authorities and particular person faculties.

“The state has already reduced the syllabus by 25 per cent, which will not burden the students,” stated Gaikwad.

On reopening faculties in Mumbai, she stated, “We are diligently following the matter with the municipal commissioner. We hope the schools will reopen for physical classes soon.”

“Only examinations that are prescribed by the board will be permitted in Mumbai schools. If the board declares that schools can conduct prelims and lays down guidelines for the same, we will allow them with necessary precautions,” stated an official from BMC’s schooling division.

According to division information, over 21,000 faculties have reopened since November 23, 2020, throughout the state.

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