Students of classes 10th and 12th are expected to write their board examinations this year, amidst the second wave of ever-increasing COVID-19 cases. Though many students are in favour of this decision, the Chief Minister of Delhi thinks it would not be a wise judgment. He said there could be alternatives to the offline mode of examinations. The Board, if they want, can either cancel this year’s boards or promote the children by conducting online assessments or on the basis of their internal tests.
“6 lakh children in Delhi are going to write CBSE exams. Nearly 1 lakh teachers will be a part of it. These can become major hotspots leading to large-scale spreading of Corona. Children’s lives and health are very important to us. I request the Centre to cancel CBSE exams’, said Kejriwal.
Not only the CM of Delhi, even Rahul Gandhi thinks it would be better to cancel or postpone the boards as the cases of COVID-19 in India are on a rise. In one of his tweets he wrote, “In the light of the devastating Corona second wave, conducting #CBSE exams must be reconsidered. All stakeholders must be consulted before making sweeping decisions…”
The CBSE board exams are scheduled to take place from 4th May for both classes 10th and 12th. The class 10 students will write their last exam on 7th June whereas class 12 students will have their exams till 15th June.
Amidst all speculations and chaos, the CBSE Controller of Exams Dr. Sanyam Bhardwaj said, “We will not leave any stone unturned for the students. For students, focus on your studies, do not listen to any rumour and false pretence. You must work hard and take responsibility for performing well.”
The Central Board has made sure the examination centres follow all necessary precautions to keep the examiners and students safe. Also, to stop the spread of COVID-19, the board has increased the number of examination centres. The students, this time, will be allowed to choose a centre of their choice.
The students are in favour of the decision of examinations being held this year. They do not want the exams to get cancelled or postponed. Though they think holding exams online would have been a better option, they do not want to waste a year and sit for the exams the next year.