Officials from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday said that the Board is going to conduct the 2021 exams in offline mode. Ruling out any chances of online exams, they further added that consultations on dates for the conduct of exams are still in progress.
CBSE will also provide an alternative for students who may not be able to appear for offline practical exams. A senior CBSE official stated, “No final decision has been taken regarding the dates for conduct of board exams, and consultations with stakeholders are still in process. The exams, as and when they are conducted, will be in written mode and not in an online mode. The exams will be conducted following all COVID protocols.”
“In case students are not able to do practicals in classes before the exams, alternatives to practical exams will have to be explored,” the official further added.
The Union Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, is supposed to hold an interactive live session with the students on 10 December 2020 addressing all primordial queries regarding the board exams and their feasibility. The session was postponed from 3 December 2020 to 10 December 2020.
The Union Education Minister tweeted, “Students, we know you have tons of questions related to upcoming competitive/board exams! In order to make sure that we cover most of your concerns, we have decided to extend the date of the webinar to 10 December. Till then keep sharing your concerns using #EducationMinisterGoesLive!”
Ever since the world stepped on the COVID-19 pandemic, all educational institutions have been shut since March 2020 keeping in compliance with the subsequent lockdowns in place. Some states partially opened schools since mid-October, but it wasn’t exactly safe. Due to a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases, authorities decided to close the educational institutions again.