Accepting the requests from schools and educational organisation, Maharashtra State Education Department has once again decided to allow competitive tests with some conditions.
In a government order issued last week, the department has specified’, the tests can be conducted ‘under certain conditions’, and only if they are approved by the director of primary education.
In a government resolution (GR) issued on October 4, the department has specified that, when an educational institution has more than 25 schools under it and wants the tests to be conducted. If the tests encourage reading and are aligned to the existing syllabus, give information or test the knowledge of students about national heroes, are based on personality development and are being run on a no-profit no-loss basis. If the tests are run by state-level teachers’ associations, which conduct state-level tests by getting subject experts to set the questions.
It should be noted that the government in the month of January issued a resolution saying students can only participate in government-approved and internal tests. The ban on tests by private agencies had come in the wake of concerns that schools make students take multiple tests, to prepare them for competitive exams, putting tremendous pressure on them. Parents were also made to shell out huge sums of money for these tests. The government had imposed a blanket ban on these tests, following which several schools and organisations had written to the department, asking that these tests be allowed for the overall development of students.