The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has decided to conduct both the practical and theory examinations via offline means and will release an official notice on the MSBSHSE official website regarding this. As per the current information, recollected from several reports from the local media, practical exams for class 10th (SSC) will be conducted from February 25 to March 14, 2022, and for class 12th (HSC) from February 14 to March 3, 2022. All candidates must strictly follow this schedule to avoid missing any exam date.
According to the local media, the most likely schedule that MSBSHSE will follow for both practical and theoretical board exams is mentioned in the table below.
|MSBSHSE SSC Practical exams||February 25 to March 14, 2022|
|Maharashtra HSC Practical exams||February 14 to March 3, 2022|
|Maharashtra 10th Theory exam dates||March 15 to April 4, 2022|
|MSBSHSE 12th Theory exam dates||March 4 to 30, 2022|
With the COVID-19 cases hitting a new low every day, MSBSHSE decided that it is safe to conduct the examination via offline mode. Candidates will physically visit the examination center and appear for the pen-paper-based test. This news regarding the board exams has come on the same day as Maharashtra Government have decided to re-open schools from January 24, 2022.
This decision was made based on the analysis done in the cabinet meeting recently. Several valid points and guidelines were mentioned during the cabinet meeting to justify the reopening of schools amidst the spike in COVID-19 cases. The board listed guidelines which included the achievement of optimum vaccination of the school students and a thorough discussion with the parents. A total of 36 lakh students will appear for HSC and SSC Examinations and the Government will issue several COVID-19 protocols to ensure the spread of the virus amongst students and faculties.
However, students have resorted to protesting against this decision by posting on the micro-blogging site Twitter, where hashtags like #cancelboardexam2022, #justicefor10to12students, and #cancelboardpariksha have been trending this entire week. Students are concerned regarding the rising number of cases and concerned whether all the SOPs will be followed on the ground level.