Maharashtra board exams to be offline: Edu Minister Varsha Gaikwad

Maharashtra board exams to be offline: Edu Minister Varsha Gaikwad

Mumbai: School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has reiterated in the state assembly that SSC and HSC board examinations will be conducted offline only. Answering a Legislative Assembly question, the minister said that the government was seeking advice from experts to conduct the examination.

“Parents and students are very concerned and worried about the tenth and twelfth board exams as it determines a lot for college admissions. Online education is also not possible in some parts of the state like Gadchiroli, Nandurbar and other hilly areas and offline sessions have started. While online education continues in some parts. This exam is same for all the students of the state and hence we have to consider all these factors. Keeping all this in mind and after consulting the state board officials, we have decided that the exam will be conducted offline.

Around 17 lakh students appear for SSC examination and 15 lakh students appear for HSC examination in the state every year. “We have already consulted with some experts to understand how to conduct examinations in offline mode in the most remote parts of the state. We are also considering whether the examination can be conducted in the student’s respective school. We will try our best to make sure that this academic year was tough for the students, but the next year does not make an impact.

The parents, however, are concerned with the government’s decision. “The minister has been saying this almost daily for the past one week. But shouldn’t there be offline prelims before the board exams? A student of class XII in Mumbai has not written a single exam this year. It will be very stressful for the students to appear directly in the board examinations. While the ninth to twelfth grades have reopened in some parts of the state, schools remain closed in the Mumbai metropolis.

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