Board exams not to be held in Jan, Feb; decision on dates later: Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal – education

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Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) exams for class X and XII might not be held in the months of January and February 2021 and a decision on dates for holding the tests will be taken later based on circumstances, Union Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Tuesday.

In a virtual interplay with teachers across the country, Nishank also ruled out any longer discount in syllabus pointing out that CBSE had already reduced it by 30 %.

All over the interplay a teacher asked the minister approximately the plans related to exams – if they would be postponed or had the schedule been chalked out.

Nishank said that the government had taken each decision right through the Covid-19 period keeping the interest of the students in brain.

“In January practical exams would begin and in most cases the exams would be conducted from mid-February to mid-March. Based on the present conditions, I will say holding exams would not be conceivable in the months of January or February. That we have got determined. Alternatively, after this period we will be able to hold consultations and take a last decision,” the Union minister said.

The minister said that it has been determined that exams might not be held in January or February and a decision will be taken later.

Responding to a question on curtailing the syllabus and providing more choice of questions in exams, Nishank said the CBSE had already reduced the syllabus by 30 %. He said even state boards like Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh had also reduced the syllabus.

He also said that there was once sufficient choice to respond to questions.

On a question approximately holding online exams, Nishank said there was once a section which didn’t have sufficient access to digital means. He said that the government was once trying to bridge the digital divide but it continued to be a challenge.

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