Maharashtra Board had cancelled the exams for SSC students, following the Coronavirus outbreak. “Parents of CBSE and ICSE board students have been asking for the cancellation of exams from classes I to VIII. Given that these boards are under the Centre, we can only request them to consider the parents’ pleas. However, I’m sure they will take necessary steps in the right direction”, claims the Education Minister of Maharashtra, Varsha Gaikwad.
The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) now announced plans to conduct the last SSC exam within eight days of the end of the lockdown period. In case it is not possible, they may have to cancel the exams and go ahead with the best of 5 rule. According to this, the marks of the 5 subjects out of the already conducted 6 exams will have to be taken into account. The decision for this will be taken after the end of lockdown, on 15 April 2020.
In the meantime, the results for the HSC and MSBSHSE SSC are also expected to be delayed. Teachers will be able to take the exam papers for assessment only after 14 April 2020, even if the plan was to announce the exam results earlier, this time around.
Adding to this, according to the Education Minister the decision to conduct the Maharashtra Board HSC exams will also be taken only after the lockdown. In case of failure to conduct the exams, the board will have to look at other options to promote the Class 11 and 12 students. All decisions are expected to be taken post 15 April 2020.