The CBSE will likely be conducting the board exam 2021 between 15 July 2021 and 26 August 2021. CBSE plans to conduct board exams with all safety protocols amidst COVID-19. Reportedly, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will soon announce the format.
Manish Sisodiya, Delhi Deputy CM, and Education Minister have expressed his dissent with the idea of holding board exams amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Sunday, CBSE held a high-level meeting with the education ministers of all the states. Primarily, to discuss the possibility of conducting CBSE, CISCE, state board exams, and other entrance exams during the second wave of COVID-19.
CBSE has put two options forward. These include either holding exams for only 19 subjects only at the notified exam centers, or a 90-minute exam for each subject at the home schools of students.
Whereas Maharashtra, Punjab, and Chhatisgarh are against this move, Manish Sisodiya also moved against it. Further, Sisodiya suggested that the students be vaccinated before they appear for their class 12 Board exams.
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Manish Sisodiya mentioned the scenario where schools opened after the first Covid-19 wave and got 200 or more infected. Then schools were closed again. Stating these scenarios he supported his argument.
Sisodiya further added that holding boards would imply forcing students, teachers, staff, and parents to come to school. Consequently, this would only cause an inevitable spread of COVID-19.
Also, he added that Covid-19 third wave might affect kids the most. Therefore, holding exams might lead the situation to be difficult to contain. Children will interact if they come out and meet. Something will happen, he said.
In a situation where we are on the brink of COVID-19 third wave, holding boards would mean no one is more foolish than us, he added.
Delhi has 2.5 lakh cases today. The death poll in Delhi is around 4500. Reportedly, the third wave is said to affect children the most. Obsession over exams shouldn’t be the drive. Education Minister said that they do not want to play with the health of children to conduct exams. He said that they will write a letter saying that the Delhi government is not in a state to conduct board exams now.