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Rescheduled Board exams only for 29 main subjects, but no dates yet
New Delhi, April 1, 2020
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today said that it had advised all schools affiliated to it that all students studying in Classes 1 to 8 may be promoted to the next class/grade in view of the nationwide lockdown now in force across the country to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The advisory on this one-time measure had been issued in consultation with the NCERT, a press release from CBSE said.
The CBSE said it had come to its notice that, though several schools had completed their examination, evaluation and promotion process for students who were studying in grades 9 and 11 in the 2019-20 academic session, there are several schools that have not been able to do so.
These include, among others, Kendriaya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, State/UT government schools, private schools, schools located in India and abroad.
"All such schools are advised to promote students of grades 9 and 11 to the next grades on the basis of all the school-based assessments including project work, periodic tests, term exams, etc. conducted so far.
"For any child who is unable to clear this internal process, (in any number of subjects), the school may utilise this period for providing remedial interventions, and school may give the opportunity of appearing in school-based test/s, online or offline. The promotion of such children may be decided on the basis of such tests," the release said.
With regard to rescheduling board examinations for classes 10 and 12, the Board said it was difficult for it, at this stage, to decide and announce the new schedule for examinations.
"However, it is informed that any decision that the board will take with regard to the conduct of examinations will be taken by undertaking extensive consultation with higher education authorities and by keeping all aspects related to entrance exams, admissions dates, etc. in mind. In this context, it is further informed that the Board will give notice of about 10 days to all stakeholders before starting the Board examinations.
"It is informed that the Board was not able to conduct exams on 8 examination days due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Further, due to the law and order situation in North East Delhi District the board was not able to conduct exams on 4 examination days, while a very small number of students from and around this district were not able to appear in exams on 6 examination days.
"Considering the extraordinary circumstances, the Board has been forced to review its policy in this regard. Under ordinary circumstances, the Board would not have hesitated to conduct all examinations that could not be held after 18th March, 2020 or are postponed for other reasons. But in the present situation, the Board has decided as follows:
The Board will conduct examinations for only main subjects that will be required for promotion and maybe crucial for admissions in higher educational institutions.
For the rest of the subjects, the Board will not hold examinations; the instructions for marking/assessment in all such cases shall be separately issued by the Board.
Therefore, as and when the Board is in a position to hold examinations, it shall hold examinations only for the following 29 subjects:
Subjects of class 10 for which exams will be held:
For whole of India: Nil
For North East Delhi: Hindi Course A, Hindi Course B, English Comm, English Lng & Lit, Science, Social Science
Subjects of class 12 for which exams will be held:
For whole of India: Business Studies, Geography, Hindi (Elective), Hindi (Core), Home Science, Sociology, Computer Science (Old), Computer Science (New), Information Practice (Old), Information Practice (New), Information Technology, Biotechnology
For North East Delhi: English Elective-N, English Elective-C, English Core, Mathematics, Economics, Biology, Political Science, History, Physics, Accountancy, Chemistry
The release said there are several CBSE schools located in 25 countries, which are also under lockdown and/or have decided to close down the schools for various and differential lengths of time.
"Under such circumstances, it is felt that the Board will not be in a position to hold differential set of exams for each of these countries. Also, in the present situation, it will be difficult to bring the answer books to India for evaluation purposes. Therefore, the Board has decided to not hold any more exams for the students of class 10 and 12 schools located outside India. The system of marking/assessment for the purpose of declaring results will be worked out by the Board shortly and informed to these schools," the release said.
"Due to present situation, the Board has not been able to continue its evaluation work. The Board will come out with further instructions for evaluating in the changed circumstances. These instructions, and dates for restart of evaluation work in various evaluation centres in the country can also not be announced at this stage. However, the Board will give 3-4 days’ notice to restart the evaluation work, which maybe noted by all the Chief Nodal Supervisors, Head Examiners, Evaluators, Coordinators, etc. of Evaluation Centres.
"To avoid being misled by rumours, all stakeholders are hereby informed to only trust the official announcements by the Board that are made on the Board’s website. All are requested to check for latest developments only on the Board’s website or its social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
"All schools are requested to ensure that this information is disseminated to all concerned students by the respective schools. Though the present set of circumstances are not within the control of the Board, the Board deeply regrets the inconvenience caused to all its stakeholders, and seeks their patience and cooperation in these difficult times, with our assurance that the Board is working constantly behind the scenes to take care of the academic future of its students," the release said.
The CBSE had, earlier, as a precautionary measure and in compliance of the instructions received from Ministry of HRD, Government of India, dated 18th March, 2020, postponed all the Board examinations that were to be held between 19.03.2020 and 31.03.2020.
The Board had said on March 18 that “date sheets for the rescheduled board examinations shall be communicated by the board through its website and press release after re-assessment of the situation.”
"The Board is committed to the academic welfare of its students; therefore, the Board is constantly assessing the situation, and is keen to mitigate the anxiety of the students, parents, and schools," it said.
It said it was announcing these one-time measures as per the suggestion of the HRD Ministry in view of the prevailing extraordinary circumstances of the worldwide spread of COVID-19 and the countrywide lockdown, and in view of the queries raised by its stakeholders regarding the academic future of students.