All board students from classes 1 to 8 will be promoted without the examinations in view of the current coronavirus situation, Maharashtra education minister Varsha Gaikwad announced on Saturday.
In a brief video message, Gaikwad said that decision regarding students of class 9 and 11 will soon be taken. The state chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, who chaired a meeting yesterday with bureaucrats in the evening, painted a grim picture of the COVID-19 situation.
Thackeray warned that the state will announce stricter curbs in a day or two, and said a lockdown will be imposed if the situation did not improve.
He urged rival political parties and critics to come forward and help frontline workers and assist the state in mobilising extra doctors. The state registered 47,827 fresg coronavirus cases on Friday.