COVID-19: Students of classes 10, 12 want board exams cancelled – About Your Online Magazine


Amid an increase in COVID-19 cases, more than a lakh students in grades 10 and 12 signed petitions urging the government to cancel the council exams scheduled for May or conduct them online.

The hashtag “cancelboardexams2021” has been trending on Twitter for the past two days.

However, both the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian School Certificate Examination Board (CISCE) said that appropriate safety measures are being taken for students and that all COVID-19 guidelines will be followed during the exams.

“The situation in India is getting worse by the day. When there were few cases in the country, they canceled other council exams and now, when cases are at their peak, they plan to open schools. We asked the Minister of Education to look into this matter and cancel all exams to be taken this year, as students are already under a lot of stress, “said a petition on Change.org.

Divya Garg, a 10th-grade student, asked on Twitter that the government postpone the exams for at least a month and then do a new review based on the number of cases.

“Students have faced many problems so far in this pandemic. Classes were taught online, so exams should also be taken online or students should be promoted through internal assessment grades, ”tweeted another user.

Typically, practical exams are held in January and written exams start in February and end in March. However, examinations were delayed and are scheduled to run from May to June due to the pandemic.

“Adequate arrangements are being made to ensure that students are safe and all COVID protocols are followed. The number of exam centers has been increased by 40-50 percent to ensure social distance. The staff at the exam centers is being sensitized to ensure all guidelines are followed, “said a senior CBSE official.

The council had announced last week that if a student does not attend the practical exams in progress after the student or a family member has tested positive, schools will run new tests for them at the appropriate time.

The minister, however, did not comment on whether the same relaxation will be given to students in the theoretical tests as well.

Likewise, Gerry Arathoon, CISCE’s chief executive and secretary, said the examination schedule “will remain the same”.

Schools across the country were closed in March last year to contain the spread of COVID-19 before a national blockade.

Several states began to partially reopen schools from October last year, but physical classes were suspended again due to the exponential increase in coronavirus cases.

Last year, the council’s exams had to be postponed in mid-March. Subsequently, the results were canceled and the results were announced based on an alternative evaluation scheme.

Both CBSE and CISCE decided not to make a merit list last year.

India recorded a record high in a single day of 1.26,789 new cases of COVID-19, bringing its infection count to 1.29.28.574, while the number of active cases also rose to exceed the nine lakh mark again, the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday showed.

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