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Over 4 lakh tweets demanding Maharashtra board exams be cancelled – Times of India

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Over 4 lakh tweets demanding Maharashtra board exams be cancelled - Times of India

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MUMBAI: On Tuesday, students and parents took to Twitter to put forth their demand of cancelling the upcoming class X and XII board exams. By evening, over 4 lakh tweets had used the hashtag #cancelboardexams2021. “Students, parents and teachers are very worried about the risk that the pandemic poses. The best way ahead is to promote students up to class XI and conduct online exams for class XII or evaluate them on basis of internal assessment, assignment, orals,” said parent, Anubha Sahai.

While the HSC and SSC examinations are scheduled to be held from April 23 and 29 respectively, the CBSE class X and XII and ICSE and ISC exams too are slated to begin in the first week of May. However, with the surge in Covid-19 cases, parents are unhappy with the state’s decision to hold offline examinations.

Another group of parents argued that delaying or cancelling board exams will have an impact on the students’ career in the future. “A lot of career opportunities depend on a student’s class XII marks. It wouldn’t be right to not give students a fair chance. The state must focus on implementing strict SOPs to ensure everyone’s safety. Once the board exams are over in time, the students can focus on other competitive exams,” said a parent.

School education minister, Varsha Gaikwad on Tuesday met senior officials from the education department to discuss the promotion of students of class IX and XI. An official said that students of class IX and XI are likely to be promoted in the next class, without appearing for exams. He also said that the decision will be taken in a day or two.



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