Mumbai: The Maharashtra government deferred the state board examinations of Classes X and XII, which were scheduled to be held later this month, on Monday. This measure has been taken in view of a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the state.
The board exams of Class XII were slated to start from April 23 and of Class X, the exams are from April 30.
“Given the current COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra, we’ve postponed state board exams for class 10th & 12th. The present circumstances are not conducive for holding exams. Your health is our priority,” tweeted state School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad.
“Keeping in mind the schedule of entrance exams for professional courses, class 12th exams will be held by end of May, while 10th standard exams will be in June,” she said in a series of tweets.
📢 Imp Announcement: Given the current #COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra, we’ve postponed state board exams for class 10th & 12th. The present circumstances are not conducive for holding exams. Your health is our priority. #PariskhaPeCharcha #HSC #SSC #exams (1/5) pic.twitter.com/cjeRZAT7ux
— Varsha Gaikwad (@VarshaEGaikwad) April 12, 2021
Gaikwad said she will be requesting the major board examination bodies such as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and other authorities to reconsider their dates owing to rising COVID-19 cases.
“We’ll also be writing to the CBSE, ICSE, IB, Cambridge boards, requesting them to reconsider their exams dates,” she tweeted.
CBSE board exams are slated to commence on May 4. Class XII board exams will conclude on June 10 while Class X board examinations will be over on June 7.
CISCE will conduct the Class XII exams between April 8 and June 18 and the Class X exams from May 4 to June 7.
Maharashtra recorded 63,294 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. This is the highest single-day figure since the pandemic broke out.