Class 12 board exams: CBSE, ICSE contemplating options including truncated tests, cancellation


Keeping in thoughts the COVID-19 scenario, the CBSE and CISCE are considering varied choices in regards to the pending class 12 board exams, together with cancellation and adopting another evaluation route or going forward with the exams in truncated format, in response to sources.

“While majority states have favoured the option proposed by the CBSE about shorter duration exams for major subjects in August, the COVID-19 situation is still being reviewed and cancellation of exams and marking students on basis of previous exams is still an option,” a supply stated.

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Meanwhile, the CICSE board has requested its affiliated colleges to submit a mean of marks obtained by class 12 college students at school 11 and through this session. While there isn’t a readability from the board whether or not the train hints on the attainable cancellation of exams, colleges have already began working to satisfy the June 7 deadline set by the board.

The Ministry of Education, nonetheless, maintained that “nothing has been finalised yet and a final decision will be announced by June 1. The minister has already stressed that safety of students is a priority but these exams are crucial too”.

The Supreme Court will also hear on May 31 a plea seeking directions to cancel the class 12 exams of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) amidst the surge in COVID-19 instances throughout the nation.

“Be optimistic. May be by Monday (May 31), some resolution will be there,” a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari instructed the petitioner in a listening to on Friday.

Amid persevering with calls for for cancellation of exams by a big part of scholars and fogeys, the ministry had referred to as a high-level assembly final Sunday to deliberate on the problem which was additionally attended by state schooling ministers and schooling secretaries.

The CBSE had proposed two options — conducting common exams for less than main topics at notified centres or holding shorter-duration exams on the college the place a scholar is enrolled. The proposed timeline for conducting the exams was between July 15 to August 26 and declaring the leads to September. States have been requested to submit detailed recommendations by May 25.

The majority of states opted for the second option which included conducting 90 minutes exams for main topics at scholar’s dwelling colleges. Few states additionally insisted on vaccinating college students earlier than going forward with the exams.

The CICSE which has been fully silent up to now about its plan for the category 12 exams, despatched out a letter to its affiliated colleges on May 27 to submit the common of marks obtained by class 12 college students at school 11 and through this session.

“The CISCE is in the process of collating and collecting data from all our schools presenting candidates for class 12 examination. You are, therefore, requested to provide the requested information for class 12 candidates,” CISCE Secretary Gerry Arathoon stated in a letter to highschool principals marked as “strictly confidential”.

The data sought by the board consists of — the common marks of topics scored by the candidates at school 11 (2019-20) and common marks of topics scored in varied assessments and examinations performed by the college throughout class 12 (2020-21).

There was no response from Arathoon about whether or not the train hits at various evaluation as a substitute of offline exams, affiliated colleges, nonetheless, confirmed that they’ve acquired the letter.

Both the boards had postponed the category 12 exams scheduled in May-June in view of the aggressive second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both CBSE and ICSE had additionally cancelled class 10 exams.