First-of-its-kind aptitude test will be introduced from the current academic year to enable students to make effective career choices. Over 15 lakh state board students will be taking up this examination in the current academic year. The tests shall be conducted online and offline in schools.
The school education department has announced such tests across schools affiliated with the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE).
The first test will be scheduled ahead of the board examinations, early in February next year. Considering the increasing number of students opting for higher education in the state, the government has decided to introduce these tests along with career counselling through available machinery based on outcome of results.
"The aptitude tests would be conducted in February every year after the allotment of seat number for students. These tests will be held during the course of practical examinations for SSC. The outcome of these tests will be shared with students by April or May through our official website," said MSBSHSE chairman Gangadhar Mhamane.
He added that a special certificate will be issued to students based on outcome of aptitude test along with the distribution of the regular marksheets later. It is the need of the hour to introduce such measure to ensure young talent gets right opportunity in career matters.
As per National Policy of Education, it is necessary to have effective career guidance and counselling at the level of secondary school education. Confusion is common among students and their parents while taking career decisions after the SSC examination. Choosing further higher studies in keeping with the interest and the aptitude of students can help in tapping talent among youth, states Baban Mali, additional secretary of the department in a latest government resolution.
The MSBSHSE has been awarded the responsibility of conducting aptitude test and declaring its results. The outcome of these tests would be used for career counselling of aspirants willing to pursue higher studies or vocational education.