In the wake of the Corona crisis, there was confusion among students and parents regarding the SSC and HSC exams. The Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad recently clarified that the Class 10 and 12 Board Exams will be conducted in offline mode. "The students will give the exams from their respective schools and the practical exams for students of Class 10 (SSC) have been cancelled," said the Minister.
The board exam of Class 10 (SSC) and Class 12 (HSC) is scheduled to be held from 29 April 2021 and 23 April 2021 respectively. The students will also get half an hour extra time for the exam.
Giving some relief to students, Gaikwad has announced a set of guidelines in order to ensure safety during exams.
• The State Education Board has decided not to conduct Science practical exams for SSC and replaced them with internal assignments.
• The HSC practical exams have not been cancelled as it is crucial for further studies, but this year the number of experiments have been limited to just five or six.
• The students will give the SSC and HSC written examination in the same school only and it will be conducted offline.
• The students will be given 30 minutes extra time to finish the paper as this year they have had lesser writing practice.
• Earlier, due to Covid-19, the curriculum has been reduced to 25% and the questions will be given from this reduced syllabus only.
• If any student misses any examination due to any Covid reasons, they will get another chance to appear for the exams in June.
• There will be proper precautionary measures like Thermal Screening for students at all exam centres.