Due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, the State Education Department is finalising a plan for the postponement of SSC and HSC Board Exams. The education department is looking upon different scenarios and there is a high probability of Board exams getting postponed due to a rapid increase in coronavirus cases.
Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad did not deny the possibility of postponement and said, "Nothing is decided yet but the final decision will be taken within this week. I will hold meeting with various stakeholders this week and will hear about their views and opinions about exams. We also have to seek the consent from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) regarding the final proposal."
Gaikwad also shared the three plans on which the discussions were held, "In Plan A, sops such as extra time, home centres, and guidelines on the second attempt have been shared. In Plan B and Plan C, as the coronavirus cases are rising, the CBSE Board exams are being considered which is going to be conducted within the state's jurisdiction. Hence, Plan B and Plan C are being finalised to accommodate all these concerns. Opinions of domain experts are being taken regarding this, after which a proposal shall be put up before the CMO."
According to President of School Headmasters' Charitable Association Zafar Khan, "The government should postpone the exams for at least a month and I urge the government to take further review on the basis of the number of cases. I have talked to many parents and their views are also the same that conducting exams will increase the risk to their child's health."
Gaikwad is expected to hold a meet with officials and make a formal announcement regarding the situation by April 9, 2021.