The evaluation method to be followed by the HSC Board for declaring the final result is yet to be decided.
The degree colleges in the state are also likely to conduct Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission. It has already announced a competitive exam for the students seeking admission in class 11.
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School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said that the priority is to protect the health of the students as the third wave is likely to affect the children. Gaikwad said that since the decision to cancel the HSC exam has been taken due to the expected third wave, the final announcement will be made by the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), the decision-making body on matters related to the COVID pandemic.
The Maharashtra government will convey its decision on the board exams to the Bombay High Court on Thursday.
The Bombay HC is hearing a plea on cancellation of class 10 exams and had asked the state to explain why it had placed its decision on the HSC exams, which were to be conducted offline from April 23 to May 21. On its move not to cancel the exams earlier, the state had told the court that the Class 12 board exams were a big milestone for the students as their careers depended on it. It said that Class 12 students are “more mature, independent, socially aware and physically and mentally fit” than Class 10 students. Officials said that unlike the CBSE and CISCE counterparts, HSC students and their parents were aspiring for offline exams and were continuing their studies.
According to sources, the state may adopt the same marking methodology for SSC students by giving equal weightage to class 11 and class 12 marks. Class 11 students (2019-20) did not have their final exams and were promoted to class 12. In the academic year 2020-21, students attended online lectures only.
Students taking professional courses like engineering, medicine and pharmacy will appear for their respective CETs, sources said, adding that the state may go for CET for students seeking admission in degree colleges.
Last year HSC exams were conducted before the lockdown. The state had announced the results in mid-July.
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