Class 10 and 12 students stage a protest against govermment's board exam decision

Several students gathered at Mumbai's Shivaji Park demanding for the exams to be conducted online. This was done keeping the increasing COVID-19 cases in mind.

Class 10 and 12 students stage a protest against govermment's board exam decision

Board examinations for Class X and XII students from Maharashtra is scheduled to be held offline from April 23, 2021. However, this decision was opposed by the students who staged a protest recently at Mumbai's Shivaji Park demanding for the same to be changed.

Schools and colleges, all year-round have been conducting classes online, then why should the exams be held offline, asked the students. Protesting against the same, many stated that this could be dangerous due to the increasing coronavirus caes. 

Many students from Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai areas came together and raised their voice against the exams asked them to be conducted online. Meanwhile, police security was increased in the Shivaji Park area keeping the increased participation in mind. Reports state that four police vehicles were deployed at the protest and officers acted upon the same.

On the other hand, observing the COVID-19 crisis, the state education department has decided to cancel the examinations for state board students from Class 1-8, and they will be passed to the next grade without any assessment. Decision is yet to be taken for students from class 9 and 11. Cabinet Minister Varsha Gaikwad shared the information on Twitter. 

COVID-19 cases are on an all-time high in Maharashtra, whereby the state government has decided to impose a lockdown to curb the spread. In fact, the COVID-19 task force has also asked the government to take strict measures to control the rising cases, observing which CM Uddhav Thackeray, on April 2, 2021, stated that a decision will be taken after observing the crisis for 48 hours. Meanwhile, the citizens have been asked to stay alert and leave homes only if necessary. Wearing a mask and maintaining social distance has been made mandatory at all times, failing which a fine will be imposed by the officials.

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