In the wake of the rising cases of Covid-19, more than one lakh students of class 10th and 12th have signed petitions and requested the government to cancel the board exams or to make them online. For the last two days, the hashtag ‘Cancel Board Exams 2021’ has been trending on Twitter.
However, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE) said that adequate arrangements have been made for the safety of students and all the guidelines of Covid-19 will be followed during the examinations.
A petition on “Change.org” says the situation in India is getting worse day by day. When there were few cases in the country, they canceled the rest of the board exams and now when the cases are at the peak, they are discussing opening schools. Students request the Education Minister to consider the matter and cancel all the exams this year because the students are already under a lot of stress.
Divya Garg, a class 10th student, requested the government to cancel the exams for at least one month on Twitter and then examine the situation based on the number of cases. Another user tweeted, “Students have faced a lot of problems in this pandemic so far. The classes should be online so the exams should be either online or they should be promoted to the next class.”
Generally, the practical exams of the board commence in January, and written exams are started in February and conclude in March. Exams have been postponed due to the epidemic and now these exams are to be conducted in May-June.
A senior CBSE official said sufficient arrangements have been made to ensure the safety of the students, and all the Covid-19 rules were obeyed. To guarantee social distance, the number of exam centers has been risen by 40-50 %.
The board declared last week that if a student does not come for the practical examination due to being found infected by himself or a family member, the school will direct the examination again for him at the appropriate time. The officer, however, did not comment on whether this exemption would be given in the written examination as well. At the same time, CISCE Chief Executive and Secretary Gary Arathoon said that the exams would be conducted on schedule.