In a national level webinar organised by ASSOCHAM titled, “New Education Policy (NEP): Brighter future of school education”, CBSE Board Secretary, Mr Anurag Tripathi, cleared the air regarding the conduction of CBSE Class 10 and 12 Board Examination.
Many appeals and requests have been forwarded to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) demanding either cancellation or postponement of the Board examination. Tripathi quite boldly put forth the decision of the authority that the CBSE Board examination will indeed happen and the official schedule regarding the same will be published soon.
CBSE Board Exam Time Table to Be Released Soon
“The board exams will happen for sure, and a schedule will be announced very soon. The CBSE is making plans and will soon reveal how it will do test assessments,” said Anurag Tripathi during the webinar. But there was no clarification from his side whether the examinations will be conducted from February to March 2021 or whether it will be postponed. However, the timetable which is likely to be released soon on the official website will clarify all the doubts.
Teachers ‘Trained’ and ‘Transformed’
According to Tripathi, when the pandemic hit the nation and shut down the schools, CBSE was perplexed regarding the momentum of education and the maintenance of the pedagogy. Teachers were unaware of the way to impart knowledge in a way which would not compromise the quality. Accepting the fact that there is no replacement for classroom teaching, the teachers ‘trained’ themselves and adapted to suit the demands of the situation. Soon, within the new normal, the students, as well as the teachers, became adept with the novel teaching tools. Classes are being conducted online for students on video conferencing platforms as per the timetable set by the school authorities.
Spike in COVID-19 Cases After Schools Reopened in Many States
After the centre announced the ‘Unlock 6.0’ guidelines, many states, after analysing the current situation, decided to reopen the schools and other educational institutes. But soon after reopening the schools, many staffs and students tested positive for the novel coronavirus. As a result, the schools had to be shut down again.
West Bengal government has decided to cancel the board examination for the 2021-22 academic session after the state witnessed a sudden spike in the cases. CBSE has reduced the syllabus for the students significantly, keeping in mind the reduced time of completing the same. In contrast, the parents and guardians of the students are requesting the Board to cancel or postpone the examination.