NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is going to conduct exams for only 29 main subjects of the 41 pending Class X and XII Board exams which were suspended following the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent suspension of academic activities and lockdown, the Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced this on Wednesday.
CBSE it its statement said that if will issue instructions for marking and assessment for the other postponed subjects for which there will be no further exams. The Board has also decided to promote all students of classes I to VIII to the next class and also asked schools which could not complete their term-end exams for Classes IX and XII to promote the students to the next grade based on their school-based assessments.
Pokhriyal on Wednesday said: “Have advised CBSE to conduct board exams only for 29 main subjects that are required for promotion and crucial for university admissions. Whenever CBSE is in a position to hold board exams, it shall conduct for 29 subjects by giving adequate notice. For rest of the subjects, CBSE will not hold board exams and instructions for their marking, assessment will be issued soon.”
CBSE was not able to conduct exams on eight examination days due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation after March 18. Further, due to the law and order situation in North East Delhi district the board was not able to conduct exams on four examination days, while a very small number of students from and around this district were not able to appear in exams on six examination days. In all there were two Class X exams and 39 papers for Class XII which include 28 language papers were postponed for the aforementioned situations.
Now the Board has decided to conduct examinations for only main subjects which include six papers for Class X and 11 papers for Class XII students of North East Delhi district, 12 papers for all India students post the lockdown.
The Board has also decided not to conduct any exams for the students of Class X and XII from schools located outside India whose were affected due to lockdown and suspension of academic activities. The system of marking/ assessment for the purpose of declaring results will be worked out by the Board shortly.
While stating that it is difficult to announce the new schedule for the 29 exams to be conducted at present, it assured the students and it will give predict the “notice of about 10 days to all stakeholders before starting the Board examinations,” and also stated that “any decision that the board will take with regard to the conduct of examinations will be taken by undertaking extensive consultation with higher education authorities and by keeping all aspects related to entrance exams, admissions dates, etc. in mind.”
While the Board has decided to promote all the students from Classes I to VIII to the subsequent classes, the senior students of Class IX and XI too this year will be proposed based on school-based assessments including project work, periodic tests, term exams, etc. conducted so far.
“For any child who is unable to clear this internal process, (in any number of subjects), the school may utilize this period for providing remedial interventions, and school may give the opportunity of appearing in school-based test/s, online or offline. The promotion of such children may be decided on the basis of such tests.”