The final decision on the CBSE Board exams can be expected today. The chorus for cancellation of upcoming board exams for class 10 and 12 grew louder on Tuesday in wake of the exponential rise in COVID-19 cases even as the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said it has not taken any decision yet in this regard.
CBSE officials denied any change in plan “yet” and reiterated that the arrangements are being made to ensure social distancing by increasing examination centres by over 50 per cent. The exams are scheduled to begin from May 4.
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While sources indicated that the board may consider postponing the exams if the situation worsens, the official, maintained, “there has been no decision yet”.
The board had earlier this month announced that if students fail to appear for ongoing practical exams after they or any family member testing positive, the schools will conduct re-tests for them at an appropriate time.
The CBSE official also did not comment on whether the same relaxation will be given to students in theory exams as well.
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal said that conducting the exam can contribute to large scale spread of the virus.
Last week, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi had urged Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to intervene and direct CBSE to reconsider its decision to go ahead with the board examinations in May despite the “massive and uncontrolled” rise in COVID-19 cases.
The Shiv Sena had also written to the education ministry, requesting the government to develop a national consensus and possibly reschedule Class 10 and 12 CBSE and other board exams.
Over 2 lakh students have signed an online petition demanding cancellation of board exams and the hashtag “cancelboardexams” has also been trending on Twitter since a week.
(With input from agencies)