PUNE: The last paper Geography subject of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination, which was postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown, has been cancelled, announced State Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad in Mumbai on Sunday.
Likewise, the final examinations for class IX and XI have also been cancelled.
The SSC paper, which was supposed to be held on March 24, had been postponed after a nationwide lockdown imposed due to the spread of coronavirus. As the lockdown has been extended in Maharashtra till April 30, the minister announced that the examination was cancelled.
The final paper of Geography subject which was for 40 marks is cancelled, and students will now not have to appear for the same.
Gaikwad stated that the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) would be deciding on the evaluation and assessment of the students as per its procedure. However, the Board officials said that they could not comment on the decision yet.
Regarding the cancellation of the final examinations for class IX and XI, Gaikwad said, “The schools must assess the students on the basis of the examinations and the practicals that were conducted in the first term, and make decisions regarding promoting the students to the higher class.”
Gaikwad took to Twitter to announce a decision.
She also mentioned that the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education, Pune, will take a final decision about the marking scheme for the cancelled paper and inform the students accordingly. The work experience examination for SSC has also been cancelled.