‘Board exams will not be held in January or February’ – Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal
The Union’s education minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal, said on Tuesday that the board’s examinations will not take place in January or February.
“There will be no board exams for classes 10 and 12 in January or February. A decision will be made later on how to take the exams, ”Pokhriyal said during a virtual interaction with the teachers.
He also said that it is not possible to take the board exams online.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced earlier this month that the board’s exams 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.
Pokhriyal had interacted on December 10 with the students and had answered questions about various concerns regarding the performance of the upcoming board exams. During the interaction, he said that stakeholder consultations are underway to decide the dates of the board exams for classes 10 and 12.
There have been demands for the board’s exams to be postponed until May in view of the continued closure of schools and teaching-learning activities that take place entirely online.