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Varsha Gaikwad issues clarification on Maharashtra SSC and HSC board exams

She took to her Twitter handle to mention that the government has decided to postpone state board exams for class 10th & 12th as the present circumstances are 'not conducive for holding exams.'

Varsha Gaikwad issues clarification on Maharashtra SSC and HSC board exams
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Coronavirus cases have increased across India and observing the spread, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), on April 14, 2021, decided to cancel the Class 10 (SSC) board examinations and has postponed Class 12 (HSC) board exams to a later date. 

Meanwhile, Maharashtra School Education Minister, Varsha Gaikwad, informed that the State Board's 10th (SSC) and 12th (HSC) examinations will be held as planned by the government. The response was given to the questions posed on social media where students asked if the Maharashtra Board of Education's 10th and 12th exams were also cancelled. 

Offering clarity on the same, she mentioned that the state government will not cancel the Class X and XII examinations at present. However, the same have been postponed. Messages shared on her official Twitter account, on April 12, 2021, read, "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. 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. During the consultations, various alternative assessment options were evaluated keeping the health, well-being and future of our students in mind. Postponing exams seemed to be the most pragmatic solution," she added.

 

Earlier, Minister Gaikwad took to Twitter to inform that the students from Class 1-9 and 11 will be promoted directly to the next grade without the assessment. No decision was taken regarding the board exam cancellations.

COVID-19 cases across Maharashtra have been on a significant rise, and with an aim to curb the same, CM Uddhav Thackeray, on April 13, 2021, announced that Sec 144 will be imposed for the next 15 days, until May 1, 2021, from 7am to 8pm, where only essential services will be allowed to function. All other public activities will remain prohibited. 

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