MUMBAI: With the reopening of colleges within the metropolis nonetheless not in sight, pre-board exams for lessons X and XII are both taking place on-line or have been placed on maintain for the second. Principals mentioned they need readability on the timeline to assist put together college students for board examinations this 12 months.

Colleges throughout the state resumed bodily classes for lessons IX to XII in November and lessons V to VIII in January. The native governing our bodies in Mumbai Metropolitan Area (MMR), although, are but to present a nod to the reopening of colleges. With Covid-19 instances within the metropolis and the state on the rise for the previous few days, reopening may be additional delayed.

The closure, although, has principals fearful. CBSE and Maharashtra state board have scheduled exams for lessons X and XII in April. “We had a web-based prelim examination however haven’t been capable of conduct science practicals for our college students and we’re fearful that we gained’t be capable of do it earlier than the board exams start,” mentioned the principal of a CBSE faculty. Sensible exams for CBSE’s Class XII college students start on March 1.

The BMC in a round issued on January 12 allowed faculties to carry prelims or practicals if mandated by the tutorial boards. Whereas no boards mandate it, a couple of faculties within the metropolis are calling college students in small batches for the aim. Some faculties have additionally scheduled offline prelim exams in March and are accumulating consent kinds from dad and mom. “We’re conserving our schedule prepared and the paperwork to carry the prelims as quickly because the civic physique permits us,” mentioned one other principal.

College heads mentioned college students could have a drawback vis-à-vis their friends in different cities. “The scholars in Mumbai are lagging now. I feel the federal government should no less than enable lessons X and XII within the classroom. If not all college students, no less than those who’re academically challenged or haven’t been ready to deal with on-line studying,” mentioned Rohan Bhat, trustee of the Kids’s Academy group of colleges.

Consultants say there’s a want for the federal government to additionally begin planning HSC and SSC exams. “For the reason that state board caters to massive numbers for exams, they need to think about if college students can seem of their faculties and if the numbers are nonetheless massive, they might open up extra examination centres just like how the BMC had made makeshift Covid centres for isolation/therapy in the course of the pandemic,” mentioned Francis Joseph of College Leaders Community, an training NGO. Over 17 lakh and 13 lakh college students appeared for SSC and HSC exams, respectively, final 12 months.


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