CBSE announces board exams schedule for class 10th and 12th
The Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) announced on 26th January the schedule for the class 10th and 12th board exams which will begin on May 4.
As per the date sheet, the exam for class 10 will be concluded on June 7, while those for class 12 will conclude on June 10.
Usually, practical exams are concluded in January and written exams begin in February and conclude in March. However, the exams have delayed this session because of the covid-19 pandemic.
Schools across the country were closed in March last year to contain the spread of covid-19, they were partially reopened in some states from October 15.
The board exams last year had to be postponed mid-way in march. They were later canceled and the result was announced based on an alternative assessment scheme.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all affiliated schools to start practical examination from 1st March. But with schools have been shut across the country from most of the academic session, students have had almost no practical class this year, so holding exams in march seems like a challenge.
In a notice released on 31st December, the CBSE said exams for both class 10 and 12 will begin by 4 may, and schools can conduct practical exams starting 1st March.
The board also said schools that are unable to conduct practical exams if the local administration doesn't allow them to reopen, can go for alternate means of evaluation like internal assessment. But the schools are waiting for states to give a go-ahead for a phased reopened so lab work can be finished.
In Delhi, Deputy can and Education Minister Mr. Manish Sisodia said the school will reopen only when the vaccine is available for the public. But schools are hopping on exception is made for students from class 10 and 12.
B.K Sharma, the principal, shaheed Hema Kalani Sarvodaya Bal Vidhyalaya in Lajpat Nagar, said: " We are waiting for a direction from the Delhi government before we go ahead with a plan. If the government allows students to come in a staged manner for practical classes, we will call students. But in terms of practical classes, we will call students. But in terms of preparedness, my school is fully ready to conduct offline practical exams.
Alka Kapur, principal of the modern school, Shalimar Bagh said: " The government should allow the student to come in, in a staggered manner, especially the one inboard classes, so that they can have hands-on experience of the lab work.
she added: " So far we have been teaching them experiments online through graphics and videos. But this is the board class that we are talking about, how will they be able to strengthen their base if they don't have practical experience at the stage? "
CBSE also affiliates systems to process completely digital which may minimize human intervention. the new system, which will come into effect from 1st March, has been restructured as per various recommendations for systematic reforms. laid down in the new National Education Policy.
" The board is restructured the application system and process as per various recommendations for systematic reform laid down in the new NEP. Although the CBSE affiliation system has been online since 2006, the restructured system will be completely digital and based on data analysis with least human intervention ", CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said.
Tripathi said the board will soon come out with detailed guidelines for the restructured system.
" A detailed document on the CBSE affiliation system containing the restricted online procedure for affiliation, documents required for affiliation application, modalities and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for inspection, guidelines for the inspection committee, video for the various process, will be released soon," he said.