TED NewsDesk, Pune: Maharashtra is one of the worst-hit states with more than 50 thousand cases in the last 24 hours. There is an uproar amongst students and parents demanding the cancellation of the upcoming 10th and 12th board exams.
Students and parents took to Twitter and voiced their concerns. The tweets catapulted to trending by evening. A staggering 4 lakh tweets had used the hashtag #cancelboardexams2021.
“Students, parents and teachers are very worried about the risk that the pandemic poses. The best way ahead is to promote students up to class XI and conduct online exams for class XII or evaluate them on basis of internal assessment, assignment, orals,” said parent, Anubha Sahai.
The HSC and SSC are to be held from the 23rd and 29th of April respectively. Whereas the CBSE class 1oth and 12th exams will be held in the first week of May. Parents are worried about the safety of their kids and are unhappy with the exams being held offline.
However, the parents are not in favour of delaying the exams as they fear that it will impact the career of their kids. “A lot of career opportunities depend on a student’s class XII marks. It wouldn’t be right to not give students a fair chance. The state must focus on implementing strict SOPs to ensure everyone’s safety. Once the board exams are over in time, the students can focus on other competitive exams,” said a parent.
Meanwhile, School education minister, Varsha Gaikwad hinted at the promotion of students of class 9th and 11th without exams. On Tuesday she met senior officials from the education department to discuss the promotion of students of class 1oth and 11th. According to an official, the decision will be taken in a day or two.