On January 12, the civic physique issued a round stating faculties affiliated to Cambridge worldwide board can maintain board examinations. For different faculties, the BMC has permitted board exams to be carried out.
Not too long ago, an ICSE-affiliated college from the western suburbs despatched out consent types for sophistication X college students to attend offline examinations beginning March 1. The shape requires dad and mom to present permission and states they won’t maintain the varsity accountable for any unexpected incident. “A whole lot of dad and mom are protesting the choice to carry offline courses, however the college isn’t giving us a alternative. We’ve got submitted our consent,” mentioned a mum or dad on situation of anonymity.
Equally, at one other college in Kandivali, college students of sophistication IX have been requested to pick out between on-line or offline exams. “We got an choice, however the college has acknowledged for college kids taking on-line exams, the educational yr shall be prolonged by 10 days. This resulted in a number of dad and mom choosing the offline mode underneath stress,” mentioned a mum or dad. The mum or dad mentioned offline examinations started on Thursday. Nevertheless, the varsity principal remained unavailable for remark regardless of repeated makes an attempt. A couple of extra junior schools too have knowledgeable college students about imminent offline examinations.
“Mother and father have informed us some faculties have been calling them to ship their youngsters for sports activities actions, offline exams (not mandated by board), instructor steering and so on. after we don’t have permission from BMC but,” mentioned Francis Joseph, member of the Faculty Leaders Community, a gaggle of educationists.
Many principals mentioned they have been being pressured by dad and mom. “There are various faculties in low-income areas which aren’t capable of proceed on-line studying for all college students. With the board examination dates introduced, dad and mom are panicking college students will be unable to manage and their efficiency shall be impacted. Whereas we now have but not allowed college students to come back to highschool, a number of within the neighborhood have,” mentioned Prashant Redij, principal, Hilda Convent Excessive Faculty and member of Mumbai Principals’ Affiliation.
BMC training officer, Mahesh Palkar, didn’t reply to calls or messages.