On March 20, Saturday, the School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said that the board exams of Maharashtra Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) students and Secondary School Certificate (SSC) students would be held offline from next month (April). She said that the HSC exams in Maharashtra will be scheduled to begin from April 23 (Friday) and the SSC exams in the state would start from April 29 (Thursday). She further said that these HSC and SSC board exams would continue till the last week in the month of May.
The School Education Minister said that the HSC and SSC board students who will be appearing for the board exams will have to physically go to the examination centers in order to appear for their boards. She said, “The schools of the students will be their exam centers. Apart from the regular three-hour period of the exam, they will get an extra half an hour to attempt the questions." She further notified about the practical exams. She said that the practical exams will be beginning after the written tests are completely finished. Generally, the HSC and SSC board exams are held in the months of February and March, but this time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the schedule has been altered.
However, the final practical exams for the Science paper of Class 10 students have been called off. The students will be marked and evaluated based on their scores of the internal assessments. On the other hand, the portion of the practical exam for Class 12 students has been reduced to just five or six experiments this year.
Varsha Gaikwad stated, “Conducting practical exams in school has been tough this year and therefore we have decided that students need to be given a concession here. That is why, to start with, we have decided to do away with science practical exams for SSC, replacing them with internal assignments.”