In the wake of the 3rd wave of COVID in the country, Maharashtra MLA Bachu Kadu has demanded the postponement of the board exams of class 10 and class 12 in Maharashtra. The 10th board exams are scheduled to start from March 15 and the 12th board exams are scheduled to start from March 4, 2022. The exam is set to be held in two shifts adhering to the covid guidelines of the state i.e. 10:30 am to 2 pm in the morning and 3 pm to 6:30 pm in the evening.
Kadu made this demand during an online meeting with the education deputy director, education officers, group education officers, and department officials. Kadu suggested that the exams should be postponed at least till April first week as the students are away from regular offline classes for the past two years.
He also mentioned that since classes are being conducted online in the last two years, students have lost the practice of writing long exams. The students need more practice to write the board exams and they will not be prepared by the scheduled dates.
It will be difficult for students to appear for exams in March, added Kadu.
However, a senior official in the education department said that there will not be any change in the schedule of the exams. He further added that any decision regarding the change in dates of the board exams of classes 10 and 12 will be taken by the Maharashtra Chief Minister.
In 2021, the Maharashtra government had canceled the board exams for both classes due to the second wave of the COVID pandemic in the country. The decision was taken after the CBSE announced that the board will not be conducting board exams offline. The board exams results for both the classes were declared in 2021 after evaluating the internal marks of the students.
For the 2022 board exams, the Maharashtra government has reduced the syllabus of all the subjects by 25% to decrease the workload of the students. Further decisions about the board exams will be taken after considering the suggestions from all the concerned people.