MUMBAI: in view of rising Covid situation in the state, Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad announced on Monday that class 10 and 12 board exams will be postponed.
In her Twitter handle, she said on Monday, "Imp Announcement: Given the current #COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra, we've postponed state board exams for class 10th & 12th. The present circumstances are not conducive for holding exams. Your health is our priority. #PariskhaPeCharcha #HSC #SSC #exams,".
"Keeping in mind the schedule of entrance exams for professional courses, class 12th exams will be held by end of May, while 10th standard exams will be in June. We're closely monitoring the health situation. Fresh dates for these exams will be announced accordingly," she added.
Her tweet came shortly after singer Armaan Malik and actor Sonu Sood took to Twitter to request concerned authoritie.
Armaan tweeted: "I don't think exams should be held in such a situation. Please take into account the mental and physical health of millions of students across India, who've been preparing, stopping prep & restarting again for these exams. Yes education is important but not at the cost of health. While Sonu wrote: "This time the Board exams are not for the students but for the authorities. They cancel the exams : They pass. They conduct the exams : They fail. #cancelboardexams2021..Life is precious."
Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon had also tweeted on Sunday expressing concern for students. She wrote: "A very stressful time for all the students appearing for their board exams. Adults in lockdown mode while children venturing out to give exams. very brave. What about all those families who have senior citizens, or parents with health issues at home, putting them at risk."