The 2011 state board Class 10 (SSC) exams will begin on February 22 and end on March 29, while the HSC exams will be held from March 1 to 25.
On Sunday, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education announced the exam schedules, a month-and-a-half earlier than usual. Students will now have enough time to prepare for the exams accordingly.
“By bringing it out early we wanted to help students and teachers plan their time accordingly,” said S Dhekane, secretary of the SSC board in Pune. “Why should they be scrambling at the 11th hour? This way we can reduce the exam-related tension that students face.”
The board has designed the timetable such that there is a day’s gap for HSC and SSC students between each of their papers. “Children can get into the mindset accordingly. The break between each of the papers has been specifically included to ease the pressure,” said a Mumbai division board official.
The board plans to do one better next year and issue a conditional exam timetable in June itself, at the start of the academic year. “That way parents and students can plan their studies and vacations at the outset itself,” said Dhekane.
Principals are pleased with the move. “This is a boon for students,” said Rohit Bhat, principal of Children’s Academy in Kandivli. “Usually they feel that the exams are far away and it feels abstract. Now they have an idea of what exam will be when, well in advance and they can study accordingly.”