The decision on whether the first term unit tests for class 11 students will be held is likely to be known on Monday. The deputy director of education of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region had written to the director of education in Pune on September 23, asking for guidance on the matter. The Pune office is yet to reply.
“The file has been forwarded to the director of education. He will inform the Mumbai office of his guidance on the unit test matter by Monday,” said GK Mamane, joint director of education, based in Pune.
Meanwhile, in the absence of any directives, some colleges such as Sathaye College in Vile Parle and Khalsa College in Matunga have begun conducting the tests.
“We have not received any clear-cut instructions from the board. So, assuming the same conditions as last year we will be examining class 11 students before the term ends, we cannot keep waiting,” said Ajit Singh, director of Khalsa College.
Usually colleges conduct one unit test in September and then a terminal exam in October. But because of the legal tussle over the Best-Five formula and the online admissions process, term started only in the first week of September, two months behind schedule.
“We can’t decide independently so we are still waiting,” said Harsha Mehta, principal of SIES College in Sion. “They may reschedule the test a bit but I think we will know what to do within the next two or three days.”
Colleges will close for Diwali on November 3. “How is it possible to have unit tests now, given how late we started and the amount of syllabus still left to teach?” said the vice-principal of a south Mumbai college.