Tentative dates for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) came out on Friday, at the start of the new academic year as the education department had earlier promised.
The HSC (Class 12) exams will begin on February 21 and the SSC (Class 10) exams on March 1. The final schedule will be issued two months before the board exams.
The board announced the exam schedule for 2011 last November. For 2012, the schedule has been declared even earlier to help students plan their year well in advance and to decrease stress levels. Students would have a one or a two-day break between each of the major papers.
“These dates are likely to be final but we will confirm the dates in the printed schedules that we will send to schools and junior colleges two months before the exams begin,” said S Dhekane, secretary of the state board.
“After getting positive feedback from students on breaks between the papers we ensured that there are breaks in the schedule this year too. It makes the exam period a less stressful time for students and parents,” said Dhekane.
The detailed timetable is available on the state board’s website (http://msbshse.ac.in).
“It is useful to know the schedule in advance, the moment they announce it students become mentally prepared for the idea of a
board exam,” said Chandrika Katya, a parent of a Class 10 student.
Last year, students were confused because the HSC exam schedule available online had one exam date mentioned differently from the printed schedule.
“It is good that they have given us the dates in advance but we know more or less that the exams will be held around the same time every year,” said Rekha Vijayakar, principal of Guru Harkrishan High School and Junior College in Santacruz.
“It will be more helpful if they finish the evaluations quickly and release results faster,” added Vijaykar.