First offline exam this year: Maharashtra scholarship tests for V & VIII | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: In the first offline school exams for the 2020-21 academic year, Class V and VIII scholarship tests would be held on August 8. The optional exams were cancelled twice this year due to the second wave of the pandemic.
Considering third wave fears, though, parents are reluctant to make their children appear for the two papers of 90 minutes each. “Though the two papers will be held in gaps, children will be in exam centres for a couple of hours. I would rather give the physical exam a miss than risk it,” said a parent of a Class V student. Another parent said only after the state comes out with a preparedness plan for exam centres will she take a call on whether to send her son to write the Class VIII tests.
The exams were first scheduled in April. Then they were pushed to May 23. Teachers had threatened to boycott the exams, which were cancelled.
On Tuesday, the state issued a fresh order. A total 6.3 lakh students from 47,662 schools have registered for the exams. Of these, 3.9 lakh are in Class V and 2.4 lakh in Class VIII.
The state gives scholarship to 100 students each from Class V and VIII in every district. A Class V student gets Rs 1,000 annually till Class VII. Likewise, a Class VIII student gets Rs 1,000 each year till Class X. The amount is deposited in the student’s bank account.
Though the exams conducted by Maharashtra State Council of Examination aim to encourage students from impoverished backgrounds, they have many takers among private schools too. “Getting a state scholarship is a moment of pride for students as well as schools. It adds to the academic excellence of students,” said a Worli school principal.
Civic, zilla parishad and government schools, too, prepare students for the exams. “The scholarship amount should be increased to encourage more students to attempt these,” said a civic education inspector.

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