On Wednesday, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has informed that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Board Examinations will be taking place offline and the dates for class 10 and 12 will be announced on December 31, 2020, at 6pm.
Talking to a news agency, the Education Minister said that he will be announcing the dates of the board exams after taking suggestions from teachers, parents and students. “After keeping their suggestions in mind and the circumstances in the future, on the eve of the New Year, we will announce dates of CBSE Board Exam and their confusion will be over,” Pokriyal said.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill. In India, classes were disrupted as the country went into a lockdown. Keeping in mind that students are likely to lose a year, classes and other tests were held online throughout the year. However, Pokrhiyal said that the board exams are offline (likely to be in pen and paper format). The exams will convene adhering to Covid-19 protocols.
Earlier, Pokhriyal said it was impossible to conduct exams until February 2021. The minister clarified that online exams are not possible for conducting board exams since “many schools are in the rural areas”. However, Ramesh added that the exams would convene on a reduced syllabus. “30% of the syllabus has been cut and some states have also announced the same, while others are following suit. There will also be 33% more internal choices in the exam,” he said.
Emphasising the need for exams, the minister said, “We cannot allow Covid-19 impact the students and label them as Covid-era students who cleared the classes without any examination. This is will affect them when they are out seeking jobs. We have already conducted JEE and NEET exams this year. It was a few of the biggest examinations conducted amid Covid-19 pandemic.”