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Maharashtra orders schools not to allow students take talent search exams

Maharashtra’s education department has rapped schools on the knuckles for disregarding the ban that was ordered in January.

education Updated: Aug 05, 2017 11:38 IST
Puja Pednekar
Puja Pednekar
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The Maharashtra government has banned schools in the state from asking its students take part in competitive exams and talent searches by private companies.(HT PHOTO)

The Maharashtra government’s education department has reminded schools across the state not to allow students to take part in competitive exams and talent searches conducted by private companies.

This ban is an attempt to reduce the burden of exams and reduce stress on the students. The education department said that children can only participate in government-approved and internal tests.

The ban was first imposed by the primary education directorate in January, this year. But the government says many schools openly flouted the rules, forcing the department to issue the circular once again seeking stricter compliance.

“Despite the earlier circular, we observed that schools continue to hold multiple tests for students, so we have sent reminders to schools,” said a senior education official. “Such exams increase the exam stress on students and parents have to pay hefty charges.”

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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 asks education officials to ensure schools do not take private tests, without permission from the state government.

There is no provision for conducting such exams in the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, states the circular.

Schools are competing with each other to see who offers most tests. It has become a status symbol or USP for them,” said Father Francis Swamy, principal, St Mary’s School (ICSE), Mazgaon.

Students are often asked to attend classes before or after schools and on weekends, which tires them, said experts. “A child’s brain gets exhausted after processing too much information. It leads to fatigue and burn out,” said Dr Harish Shetty, psychiatrist.

First Published: Aug 05, 2017 11:38 IST