Maharashtra: Poor planning leaves board students stuck

Confusion and lack of coordination inside the state schooling division has left practically 33 lakh Class 10 and 12 aspirants within the state board in a lurch this 12 months.

With the rising Covid-19 instances in Maharashtra and the resultant lockdown, the state authorities determined to cancel Class 10 SSC exams that was earlier scheduled to be held in June. Whereas the schooling division declared in April that it’ll mark Class 10 college students based mostly on inner assessments, it later got here up with a survey asking faculties if contemplating such assessments to mark college students is possible. The survey transient acknowledged that inner evaluation can be based mostly on on-line courses, WhatsApp-based instructing and evaluation, on-line exams, time period examinations, observe exams. “Faculties which didn’t endure these processes will assess their college students’ efficiency based mostly on their Class 9 progress,” as per the survey.

The schooling division additionally launched one other survey asking college students if they might be prepared to take an entrance examination for first-year junior school admissions. Each these surveys, nevertheless, uncovered the schooling division’s poor dealing with of the problem and a scarcity of coordination between its varied wings such because the state board, the MSCERT and its administrative and bureaucratic officers. Whereas the federal government had fashioned a committee of specialists to offer inputs on the conduct of exams and assessments for the 12 months, members of the group stated they weren’t saved within the loop concerning the surveys.

“We additionally noticed them in some teams and don’t know the place it got here from. The surveys aren’t simply unscientific however are poorly worded and thus create confusion. Whereas choices on calculating assessments and conducting entrance exams are but to be taken, the survey transient nearly mentions this as a matter of reality which has confused faculties too,” stated a member of the professional committee.

Whereas the schooling division had stated in April that exams for HSC (Class 12) can be performed as per the sooner plan in Could finish, the state board has neither launched a timetable nor give you a notification stating whether or not or not these exams could be performed.

“Proper now, college students are simply saved at the hours of darkness. They don’t know whom to ask. College students have to be instructed concerning the standing of their exams at the very least a month upfront. The present state of affairs is simply too worrying,” stated Ranjana Mahajan, a city-based guardian.

Officers on the division didn’t reply to calls and messages.

Specialists at the moment are calling for higher coordination and communication between varied wings of the federal government and the schooling division. “Communication made to college students needs to be constant and well timed,” added a senior academician.

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