In the wake of the unruly rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, the Maharashtra Board has decided to promote the students of classes 9 and 11 without conducting the annual exams. Yesterday, late evening, Maharashtra State School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad made the announcement of promoting the students of classes 9 and 11.
The decision comes as a respite for many worried students and their parents, who were skeptical about offline exams amidst the rising COVID-19 cases. While addressing the media, Varsha Gaikwad stated, “Considering the current situation in COVID-19 and in the interest of the students, the school education department has decided to give full promotion to the students of 9th and 11th standard in the schools affiliated to the state board”.
Earlier, the Maharastra State Board announced its decision to promote students of classes 1 to 8 without conducting final exams. Apart from this, several media reports confirmed that the chances of conducting the Maharastra HSC and SSC exams online had been completely ruled out. The reason given for this is the lack of proper infrastructure. The idea to conduct an online exam was being considered because of the continuous protest from the students and the parents.
An official quoted by media reports saying, “even if board exams were held online, students would be required to visit school and attempt SSC/HSC exams from the school computers, just as it is done for competitive exams.” The official also added that the problem of connectivity in rural areas is also a major challenge.