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Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Parth Khatau

The Maharashtra State Council of Education Research and Training have rescheduled the first round of baseline examinations for the third time and they shall now take place on 7, 8, 11 and 12 September.

This rescheduling of examinations came in the aftermath of students and parents complaining about the timing of the same, with the exams clashing with the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. The new dates shall also provide the students with some breathing space after they wrap up their unit tests for the first term by the 14th of August. "I am glad the mindset of the students and parents has been kept in mind and the demand for a change in time table for the examinations has been fulfilled," said Rajesh Pandya, Vice President, Teachers Democratic Front.

Zooming out and focusing on the wider issue, Pandya feels that the baseline examinations are not required and that they should be scrapped to reduce workload on students and teachers that he deems 'unnecessary'. "These examinations eat up four working days and we anyway have very few of them in the first term. Further, it increases a burden on students, parents and teachers. I feel these examinations should be scrapped or conducted just once a year and not thrice." "The government must refrain from such haphazard planning and must set a date amicably before the academic year begins," he added.

Still Not Satisfied
Even though the time-table has been rescheduled, Pandya is still not satisfied with that decision. "We face the same issue when it comes to the timing of the examinations. Many schools work in two shifts and to fit in all the students at a single time to give the examinations will be a mammoth task. The seating arrangement is going to be a hassle," said Pandya.

These examinations eat up four working days and we anyway have very few of them in the first term. Further, it increases a burden on students, parents and teachers. I feel these examinations should be scrapped or conducted just once a year and not thrice

—Rajesh Pandya, Vice President, Teachers Democratic Front

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