HSC candidates to have it easy,get at least 3-day gap between papers

As the state board releases timetable for 2014 examinations,educationists differ on the move to introduce long gaps between papers

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:July 2, 2013 1:37 am

Candidates appearing for the Higher Secondary Certificate (Class XII) examinations in February-March 2014 will enjoy a minimum gap of three days between two papers. For those in the science stream,the gap is as long as four-five days between the consecutive papers of core subjects like physics,mathematics,chemistry and biology. The move has evoked mixed reactions from educationists.

While the theory papers of next year’s HSC examination are scheduled between February 20 and March 29,those of Secondary School Certificate (Class X ) examination will be held from March 3-27.

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has,for the third consecutive year,announced the timetable for board examinations at the very beginning of the academic year. The move aims to relieve students from the undue burden of uncertainty over the schedule,which earlier used to be released only days before the examinations.

There is no major shift in the timetable of 2014 examinations as compared to that of this year.

“Sufficient gap has been given between consecutive examination of important subjects. For HSC,this gap is of minimum three days,while for SSC there would be at least a day’s gap between two papers,” MSBSHSE Chairman Sarjerao Jadhav told the media on Monday.

As per a notification issued by the board,the HSC examination for main subjects of commerce and arts streams will be held between February 20 and March 10. For science stream,the physics examination will be conducted on February 25,mathematics on March 1,chemistry on March 6 and biology on March 10. The detailed timetable of 2014 board examinations is available on the official website of the board (http://www.msbshse.ac.in),it was said.

“The examination timetables displayed on the board’s website are just for advance information to students,and they are advised to follow the hard copies of the timetables to be distributed across schools and junior colleges,” the MSBSHSE has said.

The board’s decision to introduce a considerable gap between consecutive examinations,especially that for HSC,has evoked mixed reactions.

Educationist A L Deshmukh said the prolonged examinations would in turn impose undue stress on the minds of students. “The extended examinations also cause academic loss to students from Classes I to IX since their classrooms are used as examination halls,” he said,describing the MSBSHSE move as a “cheap publicity” stunt by the state government.

Pramod Nemade,leader of the state-level forum of school principals,however,said MSBSHSE introduced the long breaks between papers only due to demands from students and parents. “Students will be relieved due to the board’s decision since they usually feel a lot of pressure while appearing for examinations consecutively,especially that of difficult subjects,” he told Newsline on Monday.

The MSBSHSE has total nine divisions namely Pune, Nagpur,Aurangabad,Mumbai,Kolhapur,Amravati,Nashik,Latur and Konkan. While a total of 14,99,276 candidates appeared for the SSC examination this year,the figure for HSC was 10,88,653 candidates.

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