In response to students' plea, CBSE says board exams to be held as per schedule

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In response to students' plea, CBSE says board exams to be held as per schedule

Over 1 lakh students signed an online petition to cancel board exams due to rise in Covid-19 cases.

In response to students' plea, CBSE says board exams to be held as per schedule

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made an important announcement regarding upcoming board exam 2021, after over 1 lakh students signed an online petition to cancel them due to rise in Covid-19 cases.

About one lakh students of classes 10 and 12 have signed an online petition seeking cancellation of CBSE Board exams, according to the reports.

Only a month is left for the commencement of the board exams, and at this time, due to the spike in Covid cases, many teachers, students and parents are requesting the government to cancel the board exams.

On April 8, the CBSE has notified, to confirm that the CBSE board exams for classes 10 and 12 will be held as per the schedule, and it will commence from May 4, 2021. The official statement has been released jointly by CBSE and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, CISCE.

CBSE assured that the board is taking all necessary precautions to contain the spread of Covid-19 during the exams.

A senior CBSE official told PTI, “With Covid guidelines in place, the exam centres across the country have been increased by 40-50 per cent to ensure social distancing among students during the exam.” The CBSE has said that the board is taking ample measures to conduct board exams amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Students who could not appear for the practical exams for classes 10 or 12 will be given a second chance.

CBSE circular

The CBSE in its latest circular has said that if any candidate is absent in practical because of being Covid positive or any family member reported Covid positive, the school will conduct the practical exams of such candidates at an appropriate time in consultation with the concerned regional office but latest by June 11.

The board has made it clear that the examinations will be held as per schedule, i.e., from May 4, and has warned miscreants not to circulate old notices to mislead CBSE Class 10, 12 board students.

Mayank Mehra, a student of class 12, Rajkiya Prathiba Vikas Vidyalaya, INA Colony, said, “It would have been better if the exams would have been postponed by a month or two, hoping vaccinations to lower the current increase in cases. He added that the children in government schools couldn't get proper guidance and couldn't go for tuitions as well due to Covid.”

Another student from the same school of class 12, Rajat Kumar stressed on postponing the board examinations saying that there was no one to one interaction between the students and the children, which has kept a lot of students in a struggle to grasp their syllabuses.

CitySpidey spoke to Aarti Sinha, Vice Principal of Sulabh Public School, he said that their school has been preparing for the current situation by arranging doubt clearing classes for the students. She said that in their school they have made sure that the seating arrangement will have only 5-6 students in one room. Sinha added that they have also taken care about children's mental health.

When CitySpidey had a conversation with Nita Arora, Principal of Sri Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka, she said that students have started to take their studies and approaching exams more seriously with this decision. On being asked what precautions will the school be taking for upcoming the offline board exams, she shared that no students/teachers are allowed without masks in the school premises, the mask shouldn't be loose and the school has also arranged extra fresh masks on the entry gates for both students and the teachers.

Nita Arora added that the school shall be following all the Covid norms including social distancing. The students have been advised not to eat in open places and to carry their own water bottles. The school has installed sanitisation machines at frequent intervals in the campus. She also said that the school has a quarantine room, and any child showing symptoms would be quarantined immediately, with the help of the school doctor and the nurse.