Amid rising coronavirus cases, thousands of students who will be appearing in Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations are demanding cancellations of offline papers or a postponement for now. While many suggested replacing upcoming board exams with online assignments, others have demanded to conduct the board exams in an online mode. Taking to Twitter, students have registered their protest using #cancelboardexams2021.
CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 practical exams for the affiliated schools have already started on March 1. The board has allowed the schools to hold the exams till June 11 while taking all the precautions.
CBSE further said that those students who are unable to appear for the practical exams due to being affected by COVID-19 will be allowed to re-appear for the exams later but before June 11.
“If any candidate is absent in practical because of being COVID positive or any family member – mother, father, brother, and sister, etc – is reported COVID positive, schools will conduct practical of such candidates at an appropriate time in consultation with the concerned regional officer but latest by June 11, 2021,” reads the official notification.
ICSE will hold the Class 12 exams from April 8 and Class 10 board exams from May 5.
Amid rising coronavirus cases, various states have started closing down their schools again. Schools in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punja, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Gujarat, Telangana, Chhattisgarh have been shut for junior classes to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Delhi government has also announced that the new academic session will begin in a virtual mode.
Bihar is the only state that has already conducted BSEB Class 10 and Class 12 board exams and announced their results.
Students are requesting the Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ postpone the CBSE board exams.