The Maharashtra government has decided to cancel the class 10 board exams for the academic year 2020-2021. The state of Maharashtra has been the worst hit state again this year due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India. The decision has been announced after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday 19th April chaired by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Uddhav Thackeray. The Maharashtra SSC board is the latest in a list of education boards across the country to cancel 10th class board exams after CBSE announced their decision nearly a week ago.
Maharashtra Public Health Minister Mr. Rajesh Tope spoke after the cabinet meeting confirming that the Class 10 board exams will not be held and the students will be promoted to Class 11 or first year in junior college. The results of the Class 10 students will be announced in some time after the results are evaluated using an internal scrutiny evaluation process by the board. Class 12 board exams have NOT been cancelled but only postponed.
Mr. Tope also mentioned that the Class 12 exams will be held at a later date when the situation of the Covid-19 crisis in the state improves enough to be deemed safe for conducting exams. The Class 12 exams have not been cancelled as it is an important test for the students. The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) will conduct a review meeting in June to assess the then Covid-19 situation and then finalise the dates of the exam considering it is safe to hold exams.
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The state’s School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad tweeted saying – “Given the worsening situation of the #Covid-19 pandemic, the Maharashtra government has now decided to CANCEL the state board exams for class 10th. Health & safety of students & teachers is our topmost priority”. The Education Minister was also quoted saying the decision was made after following the lead of the decisions made by the central and international boards of education. She also mentioned that a method to award marks for the Class 10 results based on internal assessments is in the works and will be published soon. A consideration for students wishing to write the exams after being unsatisfied with their results will also be made and the details/plans for the same will be drafted & organised by utilising the help of experts.
After the announcements made by the government of Maharashtra regarding the exams to be conducted, many educationists and experts pointed out the obvious fact that internal assessment based results will not be the best direction as there are students who have neither attended enough online or offline classes. It has also come to light that none of the basement tests or cumulative assessments supposed to be held this year which raise questions on the fairness of the internal evaluation. While the marks of the 10th board exams may not be considered as important to everyone nowadays but it still hold a lot of importance for rural students who apply for jobs which have the minimum requirement of clearing 10th and/or 12th board exams. It remains to be seen how the different education boards across the country go about deciding a fair method of evaluation, its implementation and its reception with the students & parents.