At a time where there is uncertainty over whether the exams will be held or not, schools are tense that students would start taking it easy and lose touch with their preparations. So special routines have been set and teachers are not only connecting with the students through these classes but are also catching up with everyone beyond class hours.
Most of the classes that are being scheduled now are problem-solving sessions where children are being made to solve test papers in given time frames. Teachers say that while children are often ready with the answers and they know their work, they are faltering while putting it down in pen and paper mode. Hence, they are being made to submit written assignments.
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Birla High School has even scheduled an exam for the class XII children in online mode, which is almost a repeat of the mock exams that they have already written. The exams started on May 24 and have been following a strict exam room pattern with in-camera invigilation. “We were scared that children would get lax if we lose touch with them over a summer break. So we decided to keep them in the study mode through the exams which are on now. Teachers are being able to pay full attention to the children because they do not have to teach other classes during the break,” said Loveleen Saigal, principal of Birla High School. The school has otherwise given a summer break from May 17 to June 14 for the other classes.
There is no summer break for the CBSE XII students of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, though for the other classes a vacation has been announced from May 13 to June 9. “We have noticed that a large number of children have already lost interest in the exam process due to the pandemic situation and also because there is so much talk about cancellation of the exams. We just cannot let these young minds wander away till the time the court, the Centre, and the Board take a final call on this,” said Meena Kak, director of the school.
Vijaylakshmi Kumar, principal of Asian International School said that for all the teachers the break is non-existent as far as the outgoing class XII children are concerned. “Children are posting their doubts and teachers are clearing them even beyond scheduled hours. We have to create this exam feel for the children to be on their toes. We might also hold another round of exams after a final call is taken about whether the boards will finally happen,” Kumar said.