The Minsitry of Education is considering postponing the CBSE 10th and 12th grade CBSE board tests. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Department of Education held a meeting to discuss a number of issues related to board exams.
Sources in the Ministry of Education have informed that there is no plan to cancel board exams. While the meeting remains unclear and no final decision has been made yet. However, there have been discussions about the postponement of the CBSE 2021 Board exams.
The CBSE tests are currently scheduled to be held in May. However, as COVID-19 cases have been on the rise across the country the department is rethinking the performance of these tests. New COVID-related guidelines are also expected to be released.
There has been a need to postpone CBSE board exams for a long time. The vast majority of students and parents had posted on Twitter asking for the cancellation or postponement of board exams. Several leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have also called for the exams to be postponed.
The Maharashtra Board, which has recently postponed its exams, has also written to the boards of CBSE, ICSE, IB, Cambridge, asking them to review their exam dates. Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant has written to Education Minister Ramesh Pokhiryal Nishank requesting a similar policy for the 10th and 12th board exams in the provinces and boards. Sawant said among the growing cases of COVID-19, there should be a similar decision taken by the Union Department of Education to ensure that no student is in trouble.
Many other boards including the Parliamentary Assembly, MSBHSHSE among others have postponed their trials to be held in May-June due to growing COVID-19 cases.
The CBSE has also announced a number of changes to the board’s exams this year, including a test to improve students’ performance as well as their academic year. The board also reduced its syllabus by 30 percent and increased the conceptual questions asked in the tests.