Varsha Gaikwad, Maharashtra School Education Minister, said that board exams of Classes 10 and 12 will not happen before May 2021. Furthermore, they are cutting the curriculum by at least 25% so that teachers can finish teaching the students.
The decision comes due to the likelihood of the pandemic persisting for a long time. It has thus become impossible for students to return to schools. Switching to online classes since the lockdown in March was not an easy or smooth transition either. Although students are now able to attend online classes now, the disruption caused them to lag behind in the syllabus.
The board exams for class 10 and class 12, otherwise called HSLC and HSC respectively, normally come around in February and March. However, the government has now decided to postpone them to at least May of the next year. Meanwhile, schools will start opening, albeit partially, from November 13.
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