There’s a broad consensus among states approximately conducting Class 12 board exams and an informed, collaborative decision will be taken by June 1, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’ said on Sunday.
Alternatively, states like Maharashtra said at a high-level assembly on Sunday that non-examination route for Class 12 students must be actively examined and Delhi and Kerala governments suggested vaccinating students before the exams.
According to sources, the CBSE has proposed conducting exams between July 15 and August 26 and the result to be declared in September. The board also proposed two options: conducting steady exams for 19 major subjects at notified centres or conducting shorter duration exams at respective schools where students are enrolled.
The ministry has sought detailed suggestions from states by May 25. Sources claimed majority states were in favour of the second one option while some wanted a mix of both options.
The CBSE has already cancelled Class 10 board exams and announced an alternative marking policy. The April and May edition of the engineering entrance exam JEE-Mains were also postponed.
The board exams, which are generally conducted in February-March yearly, were scheduled to be held from May 4.
After the deliberations on Sunday, the Union Education Minister said, “The assembly was once extremely fruitful as we received immensely valuable suggestions. I have requested the state governments to send me their detailed suggestions by May 25. I am self-assured we can arrive at an informed, collaborative decision regarding the exams and remove the uncertainty among student’s and parent’s minds by informing them of our last decision at the earliest.”
“I wish to reiterate that both students’ and teachers’ safety, security, and future are supremely important to us. While a broad consensus was once there a number of the states and UTs approximately conducting the exams, they have got been asked to inspect the matter further and send their feedback,” he added.
The minister said the decision will be taken by June 1.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the an important assembly which was once convened to make a decision on the Class 12 board exams and subsequent entrance examinations that were postponed because of the second one wave of COVID-19.
Union ministers Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar and Sanjay Dhotre also attended the assembly, but even so education ministers and secretaries of several states and union territories.
According to sources, the first option proposed was once conducting exams at designated centres for 19 major subjects.
For minor subjects assessment may also be based on performance in major subjects. This may also be done whether three months of time frame is clearly and safely to be had to the board. August is usually a likely month for holding the exams and the whole process is likely to go on till September end, a source said.
Elaborating on the second one option, the source said, The exams may also be conducted twice by the board depending upon the conducive situation. Whether a student isn’t in a position to seem because of any COVID related matter, she or he will be given another possibility to sit down for exams.”
The exams will be of 90 minutes duration instead of three hours and will be conducted in same schools where students are enrolled. The questions will be objective and very short answer kind. Students should appear in one language and three elective subjects, the source added.
The tentative timeline for this option is the first phase of exams from July 15 to August 1 and the second one phase from August 8-26.
Exams are proposed to be conducted on Sundays also, the source said.
A large section of students and parents have been demanding cancellation of board exams. The hashtag cancelboardexams also trended on Twitter as the assembly was once underway.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said his government isn’t in favour of the options being explored by CBSE to conduct the exams and going ahead with the process without vaccinating students will prove to be a big mistake.
Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said the option for non-examination route for class 12 students must be actively examined keeping in brain the projection that children are more vulnerable to new strains of coronavirus.
The Tamil Nadu government proposed conducting the exams after COVID-19 situation subsides in the state.
“Like other states, Tamil Nadu also wanted to conduct the Class 12 board exams as it plays a very powerful role in deciding students career,” school education minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi told reporters after assembly.
Karnataka state primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar said you have to conduct class 12 exams in the interest of students.
Odisha Education Minister Samir Ranjan Sprint said the exams can either be conducted after the situation improves or may also be cut short.
State could also be engaged in preparation for ensuing cyclones, we can take a decision soon, he said.
Punjab Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla said that all through the difficult times, security and safety of students and teachers will have to be the precedence of the government and each and every imaginable step must be taken in this regard. The minister suggested conducting exams of only three elective subjects.
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