Over 150 schools on the defaulters list are from the Mumbai division.
The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary
Education (MSBSHSE) has decided to send show cause notices to around 2,450 schools
across the state for not having their own science laboratories.
If these schools fail to set up a laboratory, the board will not consider their
students' practical marks. Over 150 schools on the defaulters list are from the
A survey conducted by the board in eight regions of the state revealed that many
schools don't have their own laboratories. According to education experts, the situation
is alarming as these schools have not held practical exams and yet sent the practical
marks to the board.
"Schools randomly send practical marks to the board without holding practicals.
We will send show cause notices to such schools so that they stop committing such
acts. If they don't comply, we will not consider the practical marks of their students
for the SSC exam," said Ujwala Patil, chairperson of MSBSHSE.
This also means that a large number of students are not being exposed to experiments
which are a crucial part of learning science. "Science without a lab is useless.
Observation and experimentation is a major part of science," said Ophelia Barreto,
head mistress, Podar International School, SSC section.
Courtesy: DNA India