CBSE Boards 2021: Students disappointed as class X exams cancelled

As the government announced the cancellation of class X CBSE board exam, social media platforms were flooded with reactions from across the country. Because of the second wave of Covid-19, closure of schools and taking account of the safety and well-being of the students, the government has decided to cancel the class X board exams, while class XII exams will be held after reviewing the situation on June 1. The government has also decided to give a notice of at least 15 days before the start of the examinations.

Rudra Paritosh Pandey, a class X student at Bihar Central School, Buxar, got disheartened to know about the cancellation exams. “The exam must have happened. It creates healthy competition among students and inspires us to do better than our peers. A formal exam offers a fairly accurate assessment of our learning abilities,” says Rudra. The decision will hit hard those students and teachers who have been doing hard work to prepare for the annual examination, he said.

“Cancellation is better than repeated rescheduling the exam. The decision has offered us a clear picture. Now, we can prepare for the next class without worrying about the exam,” says Soumya Jain, class X student of Delhi-based St Xavier Senior Secondary School.

Ansha Tripathi, class X student at St Francis School, Ghaziabad, regrets missing on her first experience of writing the board exams. “So far we have been writing exams locally in the school. Going through the boards helps us to be more confident. Not appearing for the class exam might create hurdles for us after two years while appearing for class XII and other competitive exams,” says Ansha.

Board exams for class X was scheduled to be held from May 4 to June 14, 2021. Now, the results of class X board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams.

Mona Lisa Bal, chairperson, KiiT International School says that decision is a positive move from the health perspective. “With the alarming rise in the number of daily cases, it was but an imperative step. It has been seen that the second wave of Covid is affecting children more and they are also showing signs of the disease physically and hence conducting examinations with lakhs of students would have only increased the risk. However, we also must make sure that the pandemic does not have any more negative impact on the children’s education and career. Therefore, internal assessments should be the criterion for now. Entrance exams like JEE and NEET can be conducted later once situation is under control,” says Bal.

“While ideally, board exams provide fairly accurate assessment of a student’s intellect and learning, these are unprecedented times and the health safety of students cannot be compromised with. It is observed that the infection is spreading even in young children, hence it was not advisable to conduct offline exams. The postponement of class XII exams was also inevitable in light of the rising cases of the coronavirus in India. I hope the situation improves soon and more people are vaccinated. This will evade the uncertainty over class XII exams, “ says Shishir Jaipuria, chairman, Seth Anandram Jaipuria Group ofEducational Institutions, Ghaziabad.

Impact on colleges, universities

“While the CBSE’s decision to postpone the class XII examination will help provide relief to students in the second wave of the pandemic, this will, however, impact colleges and universities. Like all higher education institutions, we will have to assess the admission cycles and processes for the incoming 2021-2022 batch to accommodate the postponement of class XII final examinations,” says Dishan Kamdar, vice chancellor, FLAME University.

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