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Exam schedule to be juggled to avoid poll date clash

Schools could either advance examinations by a week or avoid examinations on days of polling and counting.

Schools that serve as polling booths have to be ready for the elections. ( Express file )
Schools that serve as polling booths have to be ready for the elections. ( Express file )

The schedule of the Maharashtra Assembly elections announced on Friday is likely to force schools to reschedule examinations to avoid any clash with poll dates. Many schools, including those affiliated  with the state board and CBSE among other schools, charted plans to hold semester examinations between second and third week of October, followed by Diwali vacations.

Schools could consider either advancing examinations by a week or avoiding examinations on days of polling and counting, October 15 and October 19.  Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is contemplating a rescheduling of HSC supplementary examination on October 15 while other papers will be as scheduled. SSC examinations will be as per schedule.

Speaking with Newsline, Prashant Redis, leader of the state-level association of principals, said schools cannot postpone semester examinations in the wake of polls as it would cut short Diwali vacations. “Many schools planned semester examinations in such a manner that it would end by third week of October. Now, since polling for the assembly polls is scheduled on October 15, many schools will have to re-schedule plans now. Schools across the state are used as booths and we have to hand over educational institutes to district administration a day before polling. Considering a clash of examination dates with the poll schedule, schools will have to hold semester examinations in advance,” he said.

Tilotama Reddy, principal of Ahilyadevi High School for girls, said the time-table would be conveyed to students keeping the election schedule in mind.

MSBSHSE chairman Gangadhar Mhamane said supplementary board examinations of HSC, on October 15 could be rescheduled. “While both SSC and HSC examinations are scheduled to begin on September 26, Class X examination would end on October 11 while Class XII exam would conclude on October 18. Supplementary examinations would have no impact on the poll schedule, except for a paper to be held on October 15,” he said.