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Varsha Gaikwad Urges Students to Stay Wary Of Social Media Misinformation Related to HSC and SSC Exams

Varsha Gaikwad Urges Students to Stay Wary Of Social Media Misinformation Related to HSC and SSC Exams

With students on the edge about the fate of SSC (Class X) and HSC (Class XII) board exams, misinformation is running rampant on social media platforms. Maharashtra State Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad today cautioned students against falling prey to such content. 

Gaikwad is referring to a morphed image of her tweet circulating widely which states that Class X and XII exams have been cancelled as part of a “common solution”. The morphed tweet went on to say that students are required to submit assignments to their institutions rather than attending exams. 

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The minister said on April 9 that a decision on the exams will be taken soon. However, it’s worth noting that no decision has been taken yet. “Only trust information from official handles and platforms. Please do not fall for any kind of misinformation,” a portion of her tweet read.

HSC and SSC examinations in Maharashtra are expected to commence on April 23 and April 29. The Minister said on Friday that the State is currently in talks with students, teachers, and parents about an alternative to physical examinations. 

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“I have a clear idea that some parents and students are uncomfortable about the board exams in view of the growing COVID cases. I am consulting with student representatives, tech giants, parents, teachers and other experts regarding alternatives for assessment of HSC and SSC board students,” Gaikwad said.

The Maharashtra government previously decided to promote students of Classes 1 to 9, as well as Class 11, without examinations citing the coronavirus pandemic. However, some students of senior courses were made to take exams in person while some universities switched to online examinations, albeit with plenty of hurdles. 

On a related note, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has written to the Union Minister for Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal, urging the Centre to rethink its decision to conduct physical exams for students of CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education).  

“By forcing the children to sit for the exams during a raging pandemic, the government and the CBSE Board will be held responsible in the event that any of the exam centres prove to be hotspots at which large numbers of children become infected with the disease,” she said. 

Her brother and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi echoed similar concerns on Twitter. “In the light of the devastating Corona second wave, conducting #CBSE exams must be reconsidered. All stakeholders must be consulted before making sweeping decisions,” Gandhi tweeted. 

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