The material was sent to the exam centres in advance and now the schools have a responsibility to keep this material in safe custody till the board exams for HSC are announced.
Schools said they are shut as per government order and so safeguarding the material ensuring that mischievous elements in society do not take advantage of the situation.
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The secondary school certificate (SSC, Std X) exam was to begin from April 23, and the higher secondary certificate (HSC, Std XII) from April 29 earlier. The SSC exam was cancelled by the state government while the revised dates for HSC have not been announced by the government.
There is a likelihood that the dates would be announced once the Covid-19 cases are on the decline and the situation improves. Till then, the exam material will have to be kept on hold.
The school principal of a state board school in Bhor, Anand Dahiphale, said, “We have to ensure that the material is safe and untouched till the exams begin. Most of the school principals in our taluka are working out a possibility to keep this material in government machinery which could be the tehsil office of the police station because schools are shut and there is nobody to guard the premises.”
Schools, especially government ones, do not have the resources or the furniture to keep such material.
Many have no benches for students let alone class cupboards or a common room or a principal’s office where such material can be stored safely.
In urban areas, schools have a safe where the material can be stored. Many schools invest in iron safes where they are kept till needed.