Amid student protests, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has declared that Class 10, and Class 12 board examinations will be held as planned and offline. The news came after students in the state protested earlier this week, demanding that the offline examinations be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a press conference on Thursday, Sharad Gosavi, the director of the Maharashtra Board, declared: "Due to the enormous number of students taking the test and other technological challenges linked to device compatibility, conducting the exam online would be challenging." As a result, the board has agreed to hold the board examinations offline.
The Maharashtra HSC examination will be held from March 4 to April 30, with practicals from February 14 to March 3. The board has also issued dates for "out of turn" tests between March 31 and April 18 for students who are unable to sit for exams on normal days.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board will not impose any additional fees for out-of-turn examinations.
The Maharashtra SSC theoretical examinations will be held from March 15 to April 4, while the practical or oral exams will be scheduled from February 25 to March 3. Students in 10th grade will take the out-of-turn examination between April 5 and April 22. So far, 16,25,311 students have enrolled for SSC examinations, while 14,72,562 have registered for HSC examinations, according to board authorities. Also, vaccination has been made compulsory for every student.
According to the board, there will be no scheduled exam centers this year, and students will do their papers from their respective schools and junior colleges. Students are permitted an additional 15 minutes for papers of 40–60 marks and 30 minutes for papers of 70–100 points.
If a learner becomes ill, each center will have a separate room for him or her, as well as medical professionals. To reduce crowds, the board has enhanced the number of exam centers, "said the official.
A classroom may hold a maximum of 25 learners. We used to have 5,042 SSC exam centers, but we've recently raised it to 21,341. Previously, there were 2,943 HSC examination centers, but that number has now been expanded to 9,613, "the representative from the board stated.
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