The Maharashtra government today decided to postpone the scheduled state board examinations for Class X and XII keeping in view the increasing prevalence of Coronavirus cases in the state and the resulting tension between students and parents, the safety of students and their interests.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the state education department chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The chief minister said that a complete and well-planned SOP should be prepared by the education department for conducting the exams.
Maharashtra yesterday reported over 63,000 new coronavirus cases in its highest ever single-day surge along with 349 deaths. Meanwhile, covid-19 vaccination drive has once again resumed at private hospitals in Mumbai and in Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation area.
In a series of tweets, Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad today informed that given the current COVID-19 situation in the state, state board exams for class 10th & 12th have been postponed. She said keeping in mind the schedule of entrance exams for professional courses, class 12th exams will be held by end of May, while 10th standard exams will be held in June.
She added that the state government is closely monitoring the health situation and fresh dates for these exams will be announced accordingly. The Maharashtra Board Class 12th & 10th Exams were scheduled to begin on 23rd and 29th April respectively. Gaikwad said the state government will also be writing to the CBSE, ICSE, IB, Cambridge boards, requesting them to reconsider their exams dates.
Meanwhile, with the fresh stock of anti- COVID 19 vaccines being made available by the Mumbai civic body, the halted vaccination drive resumed at 62 of the 71 designated private hospitals in the city today.
Vaccination in the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation area also resumed today after three days as it received 20,000 doses of Covishield vaccine from the government.