The SSC as well as the HSSC examinations scheduled to be conducted by the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education will be indefinitely delayed as there are no indications as regards the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Goa subsiding in any way.
A highly placed government official told ‘The Navhind Times’ on Monday that it is impossible to announce fresh dates for these Goa board exams, unless the very high number of COVID-19 cases registered in the state on daily bases comes down drastically.
“It would be totally illogical even to think about conducting the SSC and the HSSC exams at this moment,” the official added, pointing out that there could be an “inordinate delay” in holding these exams.
The official further stated that if the present intensity of the second wave of the pandemic continues till June then even the Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET) 2021 scheduled to take place during mid-June will have to be postponed.
The government had postponed the SSC and the HSSC exams due to the ongoing pandemic in the state and announced that fresh dates for the same would be announced 15 days prior to their commencement, adhering to the guidelines
issued by the government.
Goa Board chairman Bhagirath Shetye said that discussion on holding the SSC and the HSSC exams was supposed to take place after April 30. However, there is no related communication from the government on the same, yet.
“We have presently adopted ‘wait and watch’ policy and cannot predict anything,” he informed.
The Goa board has appealed to the SSC and the HSSC students to continue with their studies and be prepared to answer the respective exams whenever they are conducted.
Altogether 19,247 students have registered for answering the HSSC 2021 examination, while 24,300 students have registered for the SSC 2021 exam.