The Maharashtra Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education is likely to face a tough situation, as the number of examination centres have increased this year and at the same time a large number of schools/junior colleges have decided not to allow their premises as examination centres.
The State Government and the board are determined to conduct the examinations off-line and the examination centres will be the studentsâ€™ own schools.
The school managements have decided not to make available their premises for the examinations, as the Government has failed to release the non-salary grants for the last several years.
The examinations of Standard XII and X are scheduled for March 4 and March 15 respectively. Besides the schools are required to make arrangements of sanitizing the students, checking their temperature, maintaining physical distancing etc.
The schools, which are planned to be examination centres, need additional human resources for conducting the examinations by following all Covid protocol.
The examination centres for Standard XII have risen from 477 to 1,536 and for Standard X from 692 to 2,416. This is the situation in Nagpur alone.
Besides non-salary grants, the Government has not released funds required for conducting the examinations. Non-cooperation of the school managements may pose serious problems for the Board and the State Government as well.