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Covid: Unclear on Board Exam Dates, Schools Conduct Pre-Board Exams Online | India News

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NEW DELHI: Still unclear on next year’s board exam dates, several schools are already conducting pre-board exams in online mode to ensure students are fully prepared on time.
While the Ministry of Education (MoE) has not yet received a call for the board’s exam dates for classes 10 and 12, it has already clarified that the exams will be conducted only in pencil and paper mode.
Schools in Delhi are being restricted to online exams, while schools in Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Noida are also planning exams in combined mode as per the restrictions of the respective state governments.
“The CBSE conducted the NEET and JEE exams in 2020 during the pandemic in offline mode. This clearly indicates that 10th and 12th grade students need to prepare for an offline exam. We were able to take pre-board exams in online mode. , keeping in mind the safety and security of staff and students.
“However, that amount of practice is not enough for the students, we are exploring the possibility of adopting an offline mode to take the exams according to the CBSE guidelines,” said Priyanka Barara, director of MRG School, Rohini.
According to Pallavi Upadhyaya, director of DPS-RNE Ghaziabad, the school has conducted online tests for the pre-boards, but also plans to conduct physicals in January.
“In the midst of the pandemic, we were able to complete the academic program for the board classes and have conducted the first pre-board exam virtually per CBSE guidelines issued as per the paper pattern.
“We have held virtual sessions with students and parents and have ensured a fair exam. Our system has been designed to keep the exam fair for the proctor and students,” he said.
Upadhyaya said that the question documents in PDF format are shared on the MS platform and students have 3.5 hours to try.
“After trying the work, the students are asked to scan and email the answer sheets to the respective teachers. However, the school certainly plans to hold the second physical preliminary meetings at the school in January,” he said .
Rashmi Biswal, Principal of DAV Public School, Pushpanjali Vihar, said: “Most of the board exams are 80 points, so we want students to practice writing the full exam and to make the experience easier, We have decided to divide each paper into two parts, so that students can write and send both parts in one day with an interval in between, or on two separate days. ”
“We were able to successfully conduct our first set of pre-meeting exams in online mode in early December. The next pre-meeting exams are planned in offline mode along with practical tests. We will ensure comprehensive safety guidelines related to the distancing and hygiene, and I would expect the same cooperation from students and teachers as well, “said Sangeeta Hajela, director of the Delhi Indirapuram Public School.
The Central Board of Secondary Education had announced earlier this month that the board examinations in 2021 will be conducted in written mode and not online.
Schools across the country were closed in March to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. They were partially reopened in some states as of October 15.
However, some states have decided to keep them closed in light of an increase in the number of infections.
Board exams had to be postponed to mid-March. They were later canceled and the results announced on the basis of an alternative evaluation plan.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ interacted with students live on December 10 and answered questions on various concerns regarding the taking of the upcoming board exams.
He will also interact with teachers on December 22, after which a decision on the testing schedule is expected.

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