On Monday, CBSE and Officials of the Education Ministry mulled over the option to postpone or cancel the board exams 2021. The meeting was called amid the rising demand of students to cancel the board exams. Concerned departments mulled over the options to cancel/postpone the CBSE board exams for classes 10 and 12 amid a surge in the number of Coronavirus cases all across the country.
As of now, the CBSE board exams for Classes 10 and 12 are scheduled to be held in May 2021, however, since the second wave of COVID-19 has started affecting and the number of cases has been rising all across the country the ministry on Monday decided to mull-over the option to conduct these exams.
As far as the outcomes of the meeting are concerned, it is expected that CBSE would release fresh guidelines to tackle COVID-19 infection. According to the sources, CBSE is not considering to not cancel the board exams.
CBSE has said that in view of the current situation, it has decided to increase the number of exam centres from 5,000 to over 7,000. Board has also said that in view of the current situation it is working on fresh guidelines to ensure the full safety of the students and the staff members.
On being asked whether the board to cancel the May exams, the Controller of Examination Dr. Sanyam Bhardwaj said that this year the students have got enough time. The exams will be held on basis of a 30% reduced syllabus. Earlier, Home Ministry had given 'go ahead' to schools.
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Giving relief to the COVID-19 positive tested student CBSE in a statement said that those students can write their Practical exams anytime before June 11. Sources in the Ministry of Education informed News18.com that there is no plan to cancel board exams. While the meeting remaining inconclusive and no final decision has been taken yet, however, there were discussions on postponing the CBSE Board Exams 2021.
Postponement or Cancellation of the Board Exams?
There have been demands for postponing, cancelling and holding in online mode the CBSE board exams. A large section of students has been demanding to cancel the board exams due to safety concerns. Taking to the social media, students launched a social media campaign with #cancelboardexams2021. Over one lakh candidates have also signed the petition at change.org to let CBSE reconsiders its decision to hold board exams on scheduled dates.
Apart from students and parents, politicians, celebrities have also urged the central government and CBSE to reconsider their decision to hold the board exams next month.
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Delhi Education Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has asked Delhi schools to postpone the ongoing CBSE Class 10 and 12 practical exams till at least the 20th of April, as the cases of Coronavirus are being reported on an all-time high in the national capital.