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CBSE 10th 12th Board Exams 2021

by Prashant R Shah April 01, 2021

Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE 10th 12th Board Exams 2021 are scheduled to begin fro May 4. The schools have already started conducting the practical examinations as well as internal assessment for students of classes 10 and 12. However, with a steady rise in cases, concerns regarding conducting the exams are surfacing. Experts and academicians have also raised concern. Though no one has suggested cancelling the exams, a few changes have been suggested to better manage the exams during the pandemic.

Not many were too inclined for postponement of the exams or cancellation. Speaking on the impact of the possible postponement, Ms. Reema Rai, Principal, AIS shares that it is detrimental to the larger good of the students.

“One exam is related to the next academic cycle. With Class 10, 12 exams in May, the academic session has been pushed back by three months. If we further delay the exams, the next academic session would have to be ‘postponed’ again. We must move forward now and find a safer way of conducting exams rather than trying to delay or cancel them. CBSE must work on shorter duration exams. Though the board has given the chance to appear for Improvement within the year, a more condense schedule would have been easier to manage.”

Mrs. Charu Wahi, Principal, Nirmal Bhartia School, Dwarka also shared concerns over rising cases. “There has been a partial re-opening of schools in a majority of states over the past few months and education has been trying to crawl back to normalcy after a long suspension in 2020. However, there has been a sudden increase in the number of COVID cases, especially in schools,” she said.

As to how to manage the situation, Wahi suggests conducting board exams at student’s own schools. “Keeping in view the current situation, it is imperative that all necessary precautions are taken to ensure the safety of the students and school teams, including steps such as the holding of exams in the children’s own schools can also be considered. Finally, we look forward to the government’s guidelines and are sure that they will take well considered and thoughtful decisions on the same,” she added.

Another concern is not merely the rising cases but the increasing number of cases reported from educational institutes. Sonia Anil Verma, Principal, Khaitan Public School , Ghaziabad points out, “Increasing number of reported cases at schools has provided an opportunity to reflect upon the different alternatives that can minimise the impact of COVID on students.”

“Cancellation or postponement will not be a right decision for larger interest of students . However, the options like second attempt or even third attempt for students will prove beneficial for those suffering from COVID in planning ahead. In addition to this, the schools should strictly adhere to the guidelines provided for the smooth conduction of examination. The state government should also be focused on supporting schools to meet any challenges,” she adds.

As for the board, CBSE has rolled out a number of concessions like allowing students to opt for change in examination centre and even conducting improvement exams the same year for students. Parents and teachers, however, are not sure if those would suffice. Even while there has been no indication from the government, many students are expecting that the exams would be postponed and India continues to report new highs in cases.

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