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Classes 10, 12 students demand cancellation of board exams amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, over one lakh students of courses 10 and 12 have signed petitions urging the federal government to both cancel board exams scheduled to be held in May or conduct them in on-line mode. The hashtag “cancelboardexams2021” has been trending on Twitter for the previous two days.

However, each the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) have stated that satisfactory security preparations are being made for students and all COVID-19 tips will likely be adopted in the course of the exams.

“The situation in India is getting worse day by day. When there were only a few cases in the country, they canceled the remaining board exams and now when the cases are at a peak they are planning to open schools. We urge the education minister to look into this matter and cancel all examinations to be held this year as students are already under a lot of stress,” a petition on Change.org stated.

Divya Garg, a category 10 scholar, on Twitter urged the federal government to postpone the exams for at the least a month after which take an extra evaluate based mostly on the quantity of cases. “The students have already faced a lot of problems till now in this pandemic. Classes were held online so the exams should also be held online or students should be promoted via internal assessment marks,” one other consumer tweeted.

Usually, sensible exams are carried out in January and written exams start in February and conclude in March. However, the exams have been delayed and are scheduled to be held in May-June in view of the pandemic.

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“Adequate arrangements are being made to ensure the students are safe and all COVID protocols are followed. The number of exam centres has been increased by 40-50 percent to ensure social distancing. The staff at exam centers is being sensitized to ensure all guidelines are followed,” a senior CBSE official stated.

The board had final week introduced that if any scholar fails to seem for ongoing sensible exams after the coed or any member of the family testing constructive, the schools will conduct re-tests for them at an appropriate time. The official, nonetheless, didn’t touch upon whether or not the identical rest will likely be given to students in concept exams as effectively. Similarly, Gerry Arathoon, the chief government and secretary at CISCE, stated the schedule for exams “will remain the same”.

Schools throughout the nation have been closed in March final 12 months to comprise the unfold of COVID-19 forward of a nationwide lockdown. Several states began reopening the faculties partially from October final 12 months, however bodily courses are once more being suspended in view of the exponential rise in coronavirus cases.

Last 12 months, the board exams needed to be postponed mid-way in March. They have been later canceled and the outcomes have been introduced on the premise of another evaluation scheme. Both the CBSE and CISCE had determined to not give you a advantage checklist final 12 months.

India registered a file single-day spike of 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its an infection tally to 1,29,28,574, whereas the quantity of lively cases too went upwards to breach the 9 lakh-mark once more, the Union Health Ministry’s knowledge up to date on Thursday confirmed

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