PUNE Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) Class 12 and Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Class 10 exams will be conducted offline as scheduled, Maharashtra State Board of Education officials said on Thursday. Secondary and Higher Education (MSBSHSE), ending confusion among students, parents and school staff.
Sharad Gosavi, president of MSBSHSE, said the board wanted to send a clear message of offline review this year despite demand from some quarters.
“Students will sit for examination at their junior schools and colleges which will act as centres. Previously, there were approximately 5,011 centers for class 10 and 7,954 centers for class 12. We have increased this to 9,613 for class 12 and 21,341 for class 10. Therefore, exams will be conducted in 30,954 centers across Maharashtra. Each class will only have 25 students with a zigzag seating arrangement,” Gosavi said.
Board officials said students are advised to come to the exam center at least an hour before the exam time in order for thermal screening to be carried out.
He said each center will have its own staff for monitoring as well as a sitting team in addition to a flying team to check for bad exam practices.
“There will be 30,954 teams seated to ensure the exams run smoothly. We have not yet discussed external proctors, as this could put students at risk. We want students to return to the classroom exam mode as it has been offline for two years,” Gosavi said.
The exam pattern will remain the same and centers will follow Covid-appropriate behavior.
“Since April is daylight saving time and students may be embarrassed when trying to do their homework, the dates will remain the same,” Gosavi said.
For HSC Class 12, the exam is scheduled from March 4 to March 30 and the SSC Class 10 exam is scheduled from March 15 to April 4. meeting with the Minister of State for Education, Bacchu Kadu
Gosavi said 65% of students have received their first dose and will have their vaccinations completed before the exam dates, although this is not a prerequisite for sitting for the exam.
“We have asked schools to prioritize students in grades 10 and 12 for vaccination,” Gosavi said.
The board has also made arrangements for students who can test Covid positive on the exam.
“These students may reappear for an additional exam which will tentatively take place in July. The board exam results will be announced 45 days after the exam is completed. We have also provided two opportunities for students to attend an exam If students or their family members test positive, they have another chance,” Gosavi said.
Gosavi said it was not possible to conduct the exam online.
“We have a fixed exam pattern. Devices on which online exams can be taken are limited, network across the state is an issue. Not all regions are accessible via mobile phone networks. The council has spoken with five other state councils and has come to the conclusion that online exams will not be possible,” Gosavi said.