Following a high-level meeting on Sunday, chaired by defence minister Rajnath Singh, the MoE had asked the States/ UTs to submit detailed suggestions by Tuesday on the two proposals mooted by the CBSE for conducting the Board exams.
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The CBSE has proposed two options – conducting regular exams for 19 major subjects at notified centres or conducting shorter duration objective type exams at respective schools where students are enrolled between July 15-August 26 and the result to be declared in September.
Even as the hashtag “cancelboardexams” continued to trend on Twitter, over 300 students wrote a letter to Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana to quash the proposal regarding physical conduct of examination and provide for an alternative assessment scheme similar to last year.
A senior MoE official said: “General consensus based on the feedback received so far is that the exams should be conducted. As stated by the education minister a decision will be announced by June 1.”
While the Delhi government has reiterated its stand of “vaccination or cancellation,” the state is in favour of option B, Maharashtra education minister has said that the state is still in favour of the “non examination route.”
The Punjab government has also chosen the second option, however, reiterated that the students need to be vaccinated before exams. Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Bihar, Karnataka are among the states which have also advocated the second option.
A large section of students and parents have been demanding the cancellation of exams.
“In view of the unprecedented health crisis, it will be a disastrous decision in case students are made to appear physically in the examination. The students are ready to be evaluated in any other mode including online exams or alternative evaluation. The Supreme Court may take suo motu cognisance and quash the decision to hold physical examination in the middle of a raging crisis,” the letter sent by students to the Chief Justice read.
The CBSE exams were scheduled to be conducted in May-June instead of the conventional February-March and were postponed in view of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in April 2021. The CBSE has already cancelled class 10 board exams and announced an alternative marking policy.