Mumbai: Several teachers have urged the state education department to postpone the board exams for Class X and XII, for the current academic year (2020-21), owing to the disruption of the normal school year due to COVID-19 outbreak, according to a Hindustan Times report.
While online classes resumed in the state from June, teachers cited concerns over students’ inability to properly prepare for board exams, if they are conducted as per schedule.
Anil Bomare, from the BJP teachers’ cell, said, “This year, however, both students and teachers are under a lot of stress as online learning is still not at par with physical classes. We hope that the government considers pushing the board exams to April so that students get some more time to prepare.”
The SSC (Class X) exams are to be conducted in March, while the HSC (Class XII) exams will be held in February.
Teachers also sought clarification from the education department on the process of conducting oral/practical exams. “Right now, there is a lot of uncertainty around this. Students prepare for the board exams well in advance and hence it is important to convey them the specific details of the same well in advance,” said the teacher of a BMC school in the eastern suburbs.
Officials from the education department said that they are yet to take a call on the matter.
In July, the education department announced a 25 per cent cut in the syllabus for Class I to XII for state board students. The decision will stay in effect for the entirety of the current academic year, to compensate for the loss of teaching hours, as physical schools have remained closed.