CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) announced on Wednesday that it has decided to go with the earlier plan of conducting the CBSE 10th and 12th board exams for only 29 important subjects. This decision is subject to the situation prevalent, post lifting of lockdown i.e., after May 3, 2020. This declaration was made to put an end to speculation over the conduct of pending exams. In a recent tweet by the CBSE, it was quoted as having said that the board stood firm on its stand as mentioned in the circular issued on April 1, 2020. It reiterated the fact that it would conduct the exams for 29 subjects which are important in procuring admission into higher education institutions. It further added that it would issue a 10-day notice to all stakeholders before the exams are conducted.
However, Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, recommended that the Union HRD Ministry cancel the pending CBSE 10th and 12th board examinations. He said it was not feasible to conduct them anymore. In a meeting called by the Union HRD Minister with the various State’s Education Ministers, Sisodia also suggested that the curriculum be reduced by at least 30 percent, for the next academic year. He added that the promotion of class 10 and 12 should be based on performance in internal assessments, following suit of classes 9 and 11.
The Board, however, dismissed all claims about the cancellation of exams. In an interview with a news channel, Rama Sharma, CBSE PRO, said that COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting students all over the country. The situation is continuously monitored by the authorities, to decide on the next course of action.
In the meeting, HRD Minister has directed the State Education Ministers to begin evaluation work of the board examinations that were held before the lockdown. When lockdown was imposed, evaluation work was also put on hold, just like the examinations.
Decision on the conduct of pending CBSE Board Exams 2020 is expected to be announced at the end of the week. The extended lock down to COVID-19 ends on May 3, 2020. CBSE is chalking up multiple plans and is keen to conduct board examinations. There has been mixed feedback from the students with some of them asking for exams to be cancelled, while others wanted to write the exams, even after the delay.
For class 10, CBSE will conduct the examinations only for those subjects whose exams were postponed due to violent clashes in North-East Delhi District.
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