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No BMC nod yet, but schools start offline exams, activities – Times of India

MUMBAI: Though there aren’t any directions from the BMC on permitting schools to carry classroom examinations except mandated by the academic boards, a number of schools have began sending college students consent kinds for offline exams. Parents additionally claimed schools are calling college students throughout varied grades, and never simply these taking the board exams, in small batches for remedial educating, practicals, viva and examination preparation.

On January 12, the civic physique issued a round stating schools affiliated to Cambridge worldwide board can maintain board examinations. For different schools, the BMC has permitted board exams to be carried out.

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Lack of readability from the authorities has brought about confusion amongst schools and fogeys with some utilizing loopholes to avoid the foundations. If Covid-19 circumstances proceed to extend, native authorities, empowered to determine on reopening of schools, should give you an motion plan to make sure college students showing for the boards don’t lose out as in comparison with their friends in different cities the place bodily courses resumed in November 2020.

Recently, an ICSE-affiliated college from the western suburbs despatched out consent kinds for sophistication X college students to attend offline examinations beginning March 1. The kind requires dad and mom to offer permission and states they won’t maintain the varsity liable for any unexpected incident. “A lot of parents are protesting the decision to hold offline classes, but the school isn’t giving us a choice. We have submitted our consent,” stated a dad or mum on situation of anonymity.

Similarly, at one other college in Kandivali, college students of class IX have been requested to pick between on-line or offline exams. “We were given an option, but the school has stated for students taking online exams, the academic year will be extended by 10 days. This resulted in a lot of parents opting for the offline mode under pressure,” stated a dad or mum. The dad or mum stated offline examinations started on Thursday. However, the varsity principal remained unavailable for remark regardless of repeated makes an attempt. A number of extra junior faculties too have knowledgeable college students about imminent offline examinations.

“Parents have told us some schools have been calling them to send their children for sports activities, offline exams (not mandated by board), teacher guidance etc. when we don’t have permission from BMC yet,” stated Francis Joseph, member of the School Leaders Network, a bunch of educationists.

Many principals stated they have been being pressured by dad and mom. “There are many schools in low-income areas which are not able to continue online learning for all students. With the board examination dates announced, parents are panicking students will not be able to cope and their performance will be impacted. While we have yet not allowed students to come to school, several in the vicinity have,” stated Prashant Redij, principal, Hilda Convent High School and member of Mumbai Principals’ Association.

BMC training officer, Mahesh Palkar, didn’t reply to calls or messages.

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