The HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishak in a question-and-answer round held at a national television on Tuesday said the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) pending board exams will be held in schools where students are enrolled to ensure minimum travel for them. He added that exams will be conducted amid strict norms of social distancing.
He informed that the evaluation process has already begun for the board exams and will continue to be held simultaneously with pending exams. He said the board is trying to release the result “soon and efforts are being made to declare the result by July-end itself.” It is noteworthy that exams will conclude by July 15.
To ensure the fast results, HRD had announced that teachers who are involved in the evaluation process will be exempted from delivering academic and administrative work for the tenure. The CBSE class 10 and class 12 board exam is being carried out from home. Further, the HRD Ministry had earmarked 3000 evaluation centres from where answer sheets would be distributed to teachers at their homes for evaluation and then collected.
Regarding the concerns of stakeholders for the safety of students during the board exams, the minister had earlier informed that students will be made to sit farther away than usual to maintain a safe distance. Also, masks and sanitizers will be a must for students. The Minister of Health Harsh Vardhan had also raised concerns via Twitter over CBSE board exams and HRD Minister had assured that the health ministry’s guidelines will be followed strictly during exams.
For those who clear the CBSE exam, the new session will also be conducted amid security measures, Nishank informed. “There are 33 crore students and including parents, it becomes 99 crore and all of these are curious about when will school reopen and how will these function. We have yet to decide on the re-opening dates but have asked NCERT to create a framework on how to re-open the education institutes. UGC is also creating a framework for higher education institutes. The health of students is our top priority,” he said.
The minister had informed earlier that modified seating arrangements and further division of the class into different sections could be among the key features when the schools reopen after the lockdown. It is quite possible that classes would be able to incapacitate only 30 per cent of students they used to have before coronavirus, he had informed.
“The first stage is to provide online education. NCERT has in the meanwhile created an alternative framework to ensure a standardised, balanced, and quality education for students,” said while adding, “We are making all efforts to ensure that neither students have to miss their education nor would the quality deteriorate.” Schools have been shut since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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