CBSE 12th board exam 2021: Make Covid testing mandatory for students, demand teachers

NAGPUR: Many CBSE school teachers feel that RT-PCR tests must be made mandatory for students before restarting Std XII practicals as it’s suspected that many asymptomatic students had attended school.

CBSE schools had started with their practical tests from April 1 onwards, but then put everything on hold as Nagpur went into a ‘strict restriction’ mode.

Deepali Dably, president of CBSE Staff Welfare Association, said a letter demanding mandatory RT-PCR tests will be given to both the Nagpur Municipal Corporation and the district collectorate. “Both students and teachers can be asymptomatic and hence it’s a big health risk for all stakeholders. We all are aware that this virus strain is spreading at a very fast pace and is infecting people from all age groups. So it’s important that we take all the necessary precautions to safeguard our students and even teachers from the virus,” said Dably.


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A CBSE school teacher told TOI that some students did attend practicals even though they were positive. “We come to know these things through their classmates. These kids anyway live their life on social media and so they always share such information either in a small Whatsapp group or during their group video calls to each other. Some of them will write on Instagram about parents becoming positive or a sibling. There’s nothing private about their lives anymore. So I am not speculating that positive students attended practicals, rather, I know it for a fact,” said the teacher.

But since this information came a few days after the tests, teachers say they were helpless. Another teacher said, “We have been telling our principals to make RT-PCR mandatory for all but they are more focussed on getting the practical exam over and done with. Now, these practical exams have been put on hold and I hope that the school management takes it seriously.”

CBSE had earlier advised parents to take an “educated view” on the issue. Speaking to TOI on this issue earlier, CBSE’s controller of examination Sanyam Bhardwaj said, “Parents must be open about these things and inform the school if their child is positive. CBSE will not let any child suffer academically due to Covid-19. A second chance will be given, so no need to panic.”

Dably feels that voluntary disclosure won’t work. “There’s no guarantee that people will tell the truth. So our best option is to get a test done and only the local authorities can enforce that. We will strongly plead with authorities to implement this rule before the practical exams restart,” said Dably.

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