She made the announcement amid speculations that these exams may be held on-line contemplating the rise in coronavirus circumstances of late.
“The board examinations will be held in offline mode only. It means that students will have to physically go to the exam centres to appear for the written tests,” she stated.
But if any pupil fails to seem for a specific written paper or a number of papers due to COVID-19 or as a result of any member of the household is contaminated or due to lockdown at native degree, then she or he will get a grace interval of 15 days to give the check, the minister stated.
The examination dates have already been introduced and sensible exams will be held as soon as the written checks are over, Gaikwad added.
The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination will begin from April 23, whereas the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) will start from April 29, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) had introduced final month.
These board exams are often held in February and March, however this 12 months their schedule has been modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This year, the schools of the students will be their exam centres in view of the pandemic. Apart from the regular three-hour period of the exam, they will get extra half an hour to attempt the questions. For that, the exams will start at 10.30 am instead of 11 am,” she stated.
The written exams for Class 10 college students will be held between April 29 and May 21, the minister added.
“Divyang students will get 20 minutes extra per hour. Suppose a divyang is appearing for a three-hour exam, the student will get total four hours to attempt all the questions as per the new guidelines,” she stated.
Class 12 exams will be held in the identical format, Gaikwad stated.
As far as sensible examinations are involved, restricted quantity of assignments will be given to the scholars, which they’ve to full at dwelling and submit to their respective faculties between May 21 and June 10, she stated.
“Class 12 science students will have to submit their assignments between May 21 and June 10, while arts and commerce students will have to do so within 15 days from the date of their last paper. They will have to submit their assignments to their respective junior colleges,” the minister stated.
Around 13 lakh college students will seem for Class 10 examination and 16 lakh for Class 12 examination, she stated, including, “I have requested the public health ministry to vaccinate all the teachers and school staff on priority who will be involved in the conduct of the exams.”
A request has been made to the state chief secretary for working suburban trains in Mumbai as per the timing of the exams and permit college students to board the locals on the premise of their corridor tickets, she stated.
“A decision will be taken over it in the next few days,” she stated.
The exams for the scholars who both fail or plan to improve their grades will be held in July and August as carried out yearly, Gaikwad stated.
“The supplementary exam will be held at limited centres in urban areas and at each tehsil place in rural areas. The exam centres will be declared later for the same,” she stated.