Teachers complain of extra work during HSC exams

Teachers claim they want to focus on conducting examinations and supervising students instead of wasting time managing additional duties. Teachers revealed they wish to use their time to help students with doubts, solve queries, keep a check on acts of cheating and complete examination duties

Mumbai: Teachers of junior colleges have informed the state board that they are being burdened with additional administrative work and extra-curricular activities during Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) board examinations by their college principals. Teachers claim they want to focus on conducting examinations and supervising students instead of wasting time managing additional duties.

In an attempt to conduct Class 12 board examinations smoothly, teachers have informed the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) to reduce their workload during examination time. Teachers stated they do not want to get involved in managing the college programmes, events, cultural activities, social outreach programmes or any administrative paperwork till examinations are over.

Teachers revealed they wish to use their time to help students with doubts, solve queries, keep a check on acts of cheating and complete examination duties. Rajashri Bhagwat, a teacher said, “We want to be available for students who come to college to study when examinations are going on. We do not want to be burdened with additional administrative work at least during this time.”

The state board has informed principals of all junior colleges not to award any kind of work to teachers apart from examination duties. A senior official of MSBSHSE, Mumbai division, said, “We have instructed all college principals to consider HSC board examinations as priority. Teachers should use this time to help students who have last minute doubts or need guidance.”

In addition, teachers revealed, students need to focus on appearing for examinations without indulging in any acts of cheating. Shubham Nirulkar, a teacher, said, “Students often try to copy in Class 12 board examinations and get caught and have to face serious consequences. The state board has initiated stringent rules and students should not risks their academic careers, since HSC is crucial for their higher studies.”

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