New Delhi: Maharashtra Government on Thursday announced the cancelation of class 10 and class 12 board examination amid to the current Coronavirus situation in the state.
The announcement has been made by Relief and Rehabilitation minister of Maharashtra Vijay Wadettiwar.
The verdict to call off the Maharashtra board examination came after the Centre on June 1 cancelled the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) Class 12th examination.
Wadettiwar said, “Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had already indicated about it in his earlier address to the state. A (formal) decision was taken today.”
“Some people had opposed the cancellation of exams but in today’s meeting with CM Thackeray, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and other officials concerned, it was decided to cancel the exams”, he added.
On Wednesday, Maharashtra school education minister Varsha Gaikwad had said that a proposal was sent to the disaster management authority regarding the state board exams and a final call on the issue will be taken in a couple of days.
She further added, “Our priority is the health and safety of students. They are facing two challenges – curriculum and the pandemic.”
Earlier today, Uttar Pradesh also cancelled its Class 12 board examination in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma.
ICSE board has also cancelled their exams due to the second wave of COVID-19 in the country.
The Supreme Court was already hearing a plea by Adv Mamata Sharma over the cancellation of the CBSE exams.
Students have been demanding the cancellation of the exams citing safety risks associated with holding such a large exercise at a time when the entire country is battling with the second wave of pandemic.
The UP board will now be expected to come with a system to marks the students.