The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has decided to cancel HSC class 12 board exams 2021.
Announcing the decision, Varsha Gaikwad has reported the press that they have sent a proposal to the Disaster Management Authority. Her exact statement is as follows:
“A proposal has been sent to Disaster Management Authority regarding the Class 12 State board examinations. They will take a meeting and a decision will be taken in a day or two. The health & safety of the students is our priority: Maharashtra School Education Min Varsha Gaikwad“.
Does this mean Maharashtra HSC board exam 2021 has been cancelled or not?
Yes, the statement means that HSC exams have been cancelled.
However the board cannot publish the notice until the matter in Bombay High Court is not cleared. It may be noted that the matter of HSC exams is in BHC.
Therefore, the board, education minister have proposed the plan to DMA, and it will be taken forward from there. As per reports, the official notice saying HSC exams have been cancelled will be published in 2 days.
Varsha Gaikwad was one of the few officials in charge of state education in India, who had been in favor of cancellation of board exams since the very beginning. She had spoken several times on her opinion for going for a non examination route.
With the cancellation of HSC exams, the government will have to formulate a plan on result criteria. At the moment, any concrete way forward has not been laid out. However, the same is being dealt with by state boards across the country. Insofar, CBSE, CISCE, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra have announced cancellation of class 12 exams.
The states where strong possibility of class 12 state board exams exist are Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, and Uttar Pradesh.
Rest of the states are holding high level meetings today and tomorrow to finalize the matter. In most states, the inclination is towards cancelling the exams.
GOI set the precedent to cancel 12th board exams 2021 yesterday, after the high level meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi, after which they announced cancellation of CBSE exams.