Earlier a notification was released stating that the Baseline tests which were supposed to be conducted between September 14 and September 25, were extended till September 30, 2015. This was done because of the objections raised by the teacher’s association and school managements that the exams are coinciding with the Ganpati Festival. Now again the Education Department of the Maharashtra state has issued a new circular stating that the same should be made compulsory for all Boards. Even the schools affiliated to other boards should submit the details within the same time span.
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The new circular clearly states that all schools located within the district irrespective of the mediums, institutes and boards, will have to conduct the Baseline test. If in case any school fails to conduct the test for whatsoever reasons, it will be given zero marks in the SARAL survey. Not only they will be given zero marks but also a strict action will be taken against them as they would be violating the order given by the state education department.
In lieu of the directives issued by Ministry of Human Resource & Development, the schools in the state of Maharashtra conduct the Baseline Test popularly known as Maharashtra State Scholarship Exam. The same has been introduced in the schools running under the aegis of the Maharashtra State Board from the present academic session.
Baseline Tests are being conducted for the students from Class 2 to Class 8 in Maths and other prescribed languages. As per the Education Department, the tests are quite easy as they are based on what have students learnt in their previous classes, so students need not prepare for the same. Multiple choice questions will be asked and the test is basically to test their competency to be in a particular class.
As only 10 days are left in hand for the schools to conduct the baseline tests, the schools are toiling hard day and night. The Education Department has supplied the question papers to the schools, if in case they have not yet received them, they have option to download the soft copy Online.
Presently most of the schools in the Indian state of Maharashtra are shut due to the ongoing Ganeshotsav, due to which they have scheduled the exams after the holidays. But trying to finish the baseline tests before 30th September is the biggest challenge and a tedious task for the schools.
A principal from one of the CBSE schools said, “Due to the Ganeshotsav celebrations, we postponed our exams but now we have to ask the students to prepare for two exams due to this new circular. Teachers also have to complete both tests’ correction on time. There are a lot of preparations and arrangements needed for the same and managing it in such a short notice would be a task. The department should not be taking students’ future or education lightly.”
If the reports are to be believed these tests were initially scheduled to be conducted in the month of July but were re-scheduled as the test papers were not available.