Ban on pri­vately held com­pet­i­tive ex­ams for Maha school stu­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Puja Ped­nekar

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.

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