The HSC (Class XII) and SSC (Class X) board examinations in Maharashtra have been postponed to May and June respectively, School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad announced on Monday.
She made the announcement after consultation with CM Uddhav Thackeray. In a video message, Ms Gaikwad said, “Covid-19 cases have been on the rise for the past few days. There has been stress about preparing for the exams and the pandemic affecting the health of the stakeholders.”
“The safety of the stakeholders is our utmost priority and hence have decided to postpone the board exams,” she asserted.
The HSC and SSC exams were slated to begin on April 23 and 29.
She apprised, “The SSC exam is likely to be conducted in June and the HSC exams could be scheduled at the end of May so that a student’s higher education is not impacted.”
“We will ask the other boards to follow the decision that the state board has taken,” she mentioned.
Each year, over 30 lakh students appear for the HSC and SSC examinations in the state. Over the past few weeks, there was a growing demand that the board examinations must be cancelled or postponed.