In a letter addressed to the heads of schools affiliated with it, the CBSE has suggested that the next academic session be commenced on April 1.
The letter signed by Controller of Examinations Sanyam Bharadwaj read that it would be appropriate to start the academic session 2021-2022 from April 1, 2021, to the extent feasible subject to instructions of the State government.
Except in states which have recently allowed the re-opening of schools, the 2020-2021 academic session had begun in the early days of the lockdown and continues to be conducted remotely for most students. This reopening, in most cases, has been either only for board year students, or classes 9 to 12. Schools have been advised by the CBSE to take steps to conduct examinations for class 9 and 11 students and to also identify learning gaps in students of those grades. On May 4, the offline board examinations for class 10 and 12 are set to begin.
The letter while stating that schools should be prepared to welcome class 10 and 12 students for face-to-face classes leading up to their board exams, also stated that schools should take steps to identify and remedy the learning gaps and thereafter, conduct examinations by strictly following the safety protocols of COVID at the Bye-laws of Examination. It would also prove to be helpful in the identification of learning gaps which could be addressed by the schools in the new academic session by having a bridge course specially designed to address these learning gaps.