The matter of demanding cancellation of CBSE board exams 2021 which has been gaining momentum across the country since last week has now reached the Commission on the Rights of the Child. The Delhi Child Protection Protection Commission on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, has also written a letter to the CBSE to make it aware of the concerns and suggested avoiding the conduct of CBSE board exams 2021 and change the manner of evaluation.
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also urged the Central Board of Secondary Education i.e. CBSE to postpone conducting the examinations in these frightening situations during a press conference. Prior to Kejriwal, many political, social and film personalities including Priyanka Gandhi, actor Sonu Sood, actress Raveena Tandon have requested the government and CBSE to cancel or postpone the examinations.
Exams canceled in many countries
How fast corona infection is spreading across the country can be gauged from the fact that India has once again reached second place in the total cases of coronavirus infection worldwide. Due to this, situations like lockdown are emerging in different states of the country. Examinations have been canceled in several countries including Mexico, UAE. Despite this, the CBSE Boards of various state education boards in the country are adamant about conducting the board examinations of class 10th and 12th.
Impossible to conduct offline exams: Kundu
Taking cognizance of this, Delhi Child Rights Protection Commission Chairman Anurag Kundu has written a letter to CBSE. Anurag Kundu also informed about this on Twitter. Kundu wrote, “I have urged CBSE to postpone the board exams or consider different methods to focus on internal assessment of children. In the last one week, about one million new cases have been seen and at least five thousand patients have died. Despite this, it is unwise to conduct offline exams ignoring this danger.”
Examinations can pose a big risk: Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a press conference that in the national capital Delhi, a record 13,500 cases of corona have been reported in the last 24 hours. Along with this, he has appealed to the central government to cancel the CBSE board exams 2021, expressing concern about the safety of children.
Kejriwal said that another method can also be found for this. Either online examination or some other route is taken out. He said, “CBSE examination is about to come, in which six lakh children will appear in the examination. One lakh teachers will be involved in this, it can become a big risk.”
No plans to cancel board exams: CBSE
CBSE has made it clear that there are no plans to cancel the CBSE board exam 2021. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently said that the exam will be conducted in offline mode and CBSE will ensure the safety of students. According to the date sheet released by CBSE, the 10th and 12th board examinations are to begin on May 4, 2021.
Possible to postpone examinations: Officers
According to a senior education ministry official, there are no plans to cancel CBSE examinations or conduct them online. In view of the prevailing conditions, it is being considered to postpone the examinations. The new date of examination is being discussed between the ministry and CBSE officials. However, no decision has been officially made yet.
Petition in the top court
There has been a huge uproar over the conduct of board examinations. The case has reached the Supreme Court of the country. Amidst the rapidly growing new cases of corona infection across the country, student groups on the one hand have petitioned the country’s top court seeking an order to postpone conducting the examinations and cancel the examinations.
Trending happening on social media
Amidst the rising coronavirus cases in the country, many students, teachers, and parents have been on social media for the past few days through the hashtag #cancelboardexam2021 to cancel the 10th and 12th board exams from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal and CBSE or Seeking to be conducted online.