Amid a fresh surge in coronavirus cases across the country, the Ministry of Education and CBSE officials are considering whether the Board exams need to be rescheduled. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting on 14 April 2021 with Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" and other top officials to discuss the Class 10 and 12 Board Exams which is scheduled to be conducted next month in May.
Over one lakh students of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Exams (CISCE) have signed petitions urging the government to cancel the Class 10 and Class 12 Board Exams 2021. The students either want the Board exams to be cancelled or conduct them in online mode.
The students have also been using the hashtag "cancelboardexams2021" on Twitter that has been trending with nearly 7 lakh tweets.
According to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Exams (CISCE), adequate safety measures will be taken and the board will ensure proper Covid-19 guidelines to be followed during the exams.
The Chief Executive and Secretary at CISCE, Gerry Arathoon said that "the board exam schedule will remain the same."
"Adequate arrangements are being made for students' safety. To ensure social distancing, the number of exam centres has been increased by 40-50 percent. Also, the staff and exam centres are being sanitised," said a senior CBSE official.
"Day by day, the situation is getting worse across the country. Last year, the government cancelled the remaining board exams when there were only a few cases in the country, and now when the cases are at the peak, they are opening schools. We urge the education minister to look into this matter and cancel all the exams for this year," said a petition on Change.org.
"Till now the students have faced so many problems due to the pandemic and lockdown. The classes have been held online, hence the exams should also be held online or students should be promoted on the basis of internal assessment marks," tweeted another user.
Every year, the practical exams were conducted in January and written exams in February and March. However, this year, due to the pandemic, the exams were delayed and are scheduled to be conducted in May and June.
The second Covid wave in India has registered a record single-day of around 1,26,786 new positive cases, putting its case tally climb new heights to 1,29,28,574. This is the highest mark India has recorded since the start of the pandemic.
Check out the tweets posted by some students to express their concerns regarding the Board Exams 2021: