Mumbai school division will be split so as to reduce the work load. As Maharashtra state board exams are about to begin and around seven lakh students from Mumbai division will be appearing for these exams, the board is looking to split the division. The Mumbai division includes Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts and the division officials have called upon the board to split the division.
The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) conducts Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams through its 9 divisional boards located at Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nashik, Kolhapur, Amravati, Latur, Nagpur and Ratnagiri (Konkan). Last year, around 6.9 lakh students appeared for exams in the month of February-March from Mumbai division. Whereas in Pune, only 4.9 lakh students appeared for the exam and in Nagpur, 3.5 lakh students appeared for the exam which is very less as compared to that of Mumbai.
The Mumbai division, which includes three districts, has the highest number of students appearing for SSC & HSC exams each year. Apparently, only 74,010 students appeared for exams from Konkan division. Now, as per the officials of Mumbai division, the Board can form separate divisions for Mumbai city and suburbs and Thane, Raigad and Palghar. They also opined since Raigad district has close to 70,000 students, it can be merged with Konkan division.
Duttaray Jagtap, Chairperson of the Mumbai division, said, “All the three districts in the Mumbai division are densely populated, so the total number of students is more than six lakh every year. We have to hold exams, evaluate and declare results for such a large number. Additionally, from this year, we have to also hold supplementary exams for SSC and HSC in July, barely two months after the March exams conclude.”
He further said that the board also gets applications from many students who register in the last minute as private candidates. He added, “We are also the only division that gets nearly two lakh private students every year, there are long, snaking queues outside our office till the eve of the exams. This trend is not prevalent in other divisions.”
He said the burden will be distributed if they split into two. According to him, if the students of Raigad district are transferred to the Konkan division, then it will become very easy for them to conduct the exam. Also, the Mumbai division is facing an acute shortage of the staff which is adding to their difficulties.
Secretary of the division, Siddheshwar Chandekar, said, “We are running short of at least 50 workers, this has increased the workload of the other division.”