Ban on privately held competitive exams for Maha school students
MUMBAI: In an attempt to reduce the burden of exams, Maharashtra’s primary directorate of education has banned schools from taking part in talent searches and competitive tests conducted by private agencies. Students can only participate in government-approved and internal tests.
The ban comes amid concerns that schools impose multiple tests on students to prepare them for “competition”. Many Mumbai schools ask students to take 10 to 12 additional tests, in addition to the regular exams, putting tremendous pressure on them.
The circular, issued on January 7, asks officials to ensure schools — irrespective of their managements — do not take private tests, without permission from the state government.
“We are putting a permanent ban on private illegal talent search or competitive exams,” states the circular issued by Govind Nandede, director of primary education.