To put kids at ease, Tawde proposes 10-min cool-off time before exams

To put kids at ease, Tawde proposes 10-min cool-off time before exams

Tawde moves the proposal to the state board to give question papers to students 10 mins before exams to do away with anxiety.

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde has come out with a proposal that would ensure State Board students receive the question papers 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the examinations in order to do away with the anxiety and make them more organised to solve the paper.

The proposal, however, has little chances of being implemented with effect from the forthcoming examinations as the Board authorities said it had to pass necessary technicalities for it to be approved.

“Students can be given question papers 10 minutes in advance in the examination halls, while answer-sheets can be given at the scheduled time. The objective is to provide students cool-off time. It will help students to calm down and frame their answers better if they become acquainted with it a few minutes before the scheduled start of the examinations,” Tawde said.

The Minister, who was in the city to attend the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), advised the state board authorities to consider the implementation of the proposal.


Speaking with media persons later, MSBSHSE chairman Gangadhar Mhamane said the initiative mooted by Tawde could not be implemented immediately due to certain technical reasons. “We have an examination committee, which will look into the proposal suggested by the minister. It will suggest steps to be followed if the initiative has to be implemented. We will have to wait for the decision of the examination committee,” he said.

Website for verification

Vinod Tawde inaugurated an online facility to verify the authenticity of marksheets. Sharing details of the facility, outgoing Education Commissioner S Chockalingam, who recently took charge as the Pune Divisional Commissioner, said it would help staff of educational institutions to verify the authenticity of mark-sheets submitted by candidates. “The facility will make the document verification process easier and speedier. Also, it will ensure the convenience to candidate, who often face delay in getting jobs due to lack of such a facility,” he said.

Education minister bats for Choice-Based Credit System

Addressing mediapersons, Vinod Tawde batted for choice-based credit system. “It will provide students flexibility in learning. To implement it, we have to make some changes to the existing education system at the university level. I will hold meetings with all stakeholders such as vice-chancellors, students and teacher soon,” he said. The minister also said that he had formed a committee to study the ‘Tamil Nadu model’ to decrease the weight of school bags.