Maharashtra: SSC, HSC exams rescheduled amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Monday announced that Board Exams for SSC, HSC will be rescheduled
Maharashtra: SSC, HSC exams rescheduled amid rise in COVID-19 cases
Maharashtra State Board Of Secondary And Higher Secondary Education Building, Pune Image source: Sakal Media Group

Mumbai: Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Monday announced that Board Exams for SSC, HSC will be rescheduled. This comes after Maharashtra on Sunday reported over 63,000 cases of novel coronavirus.

The exams for HSC students will be held by end of May, while students of SSC will appear for examinations in June. New dates will be announced accordingly.

Varsha Gaikwad on her Twitter wrote, "Imp Announcement: Given the current #COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra, we’ve postponed state board exams for class 10th & 12th. The present circumstances are not conducive for holding exams. Your health is our priority."

"Given the current #COVID19 situation in Maharashtra, we’ve postponed state board exams for class 10th & 12th. Class 12th exams will be held by end of May, while 10th standard exams will be in June. Fresh dates will be announced accordingly," Education Minister was quoted as saying by ANI.

"We'll also be writing to the CBSE, ICSE, IB, Cambridge boards, requesting them to reconsider their exams dates, she added.

She said, "Keeping in mind the schedule of entrance exams for professional courses,class 12th exams will be held by end of May, while 10th standard exams will be in June. We're closely monitoring the health situation. Fresh dates for these exams will be announced accordingly. The decision is the outcome of consultations with various stakeholders-students, teachers, parents, elected representatives from across parties, academicians & tech giants- in the wake of rising coronavirus cases. I also thank @cmomaharashtra for his guidance & approval."

EXAMS FOR CLASS 9, CLASS 11 CANCELLED

Maharashtra last week decided to cancel the final examinations of Classes 9 and 11 of all state government schools. Students of Classes 9 and 11 will be directly promoted to the next class.

“Considering the current situation in COVID-19 and in the interest of the students, the school education department has decided to give full promotion to the students of 9th and 11th standard in the schools affiliated to the state board,” Varsha Gaikwad had said.

Earlier, classes 1 to 8 exams were cancelled and the state government decided to promote all students to the next class.

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