With mother and father, little one rights our bodies, state governments and the nationwide opposition pushing for cancellation of offline CBSE board exams scheduled subsequent month, the strain is mounting on the Centre to rethink the choice.
There is lower than a month for the beginning of the offline board examinations — May 4 — and the this demand is being made has elevated within the final week. On Tuesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked the Centre to cancel these offline examinations, stating that the examination centres can turn into COVID hotspots.
“Around 6 lakh children will write these exams and 1 lakh teachers will be involved. These exams centres can become hotspots. The health and well being of children is very important. I appeal to CBSE with folded hands that the exams be cancelled. Some other method of evaluation can be thought of — online or internal assessment perhaps. But cancelling these exams is crucial. Many countries have also cancelled exams; some Indian states have done it too. These exams should be cancelled too,” he mentioned.
On the identical day, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights additionally raised the identical demand. “There remains a lack of clarity about how the CBSE intends to handle cases of children whose relatives are infected. Similarly, how will the cases of those children be handled who (or their relatives) get infected during examination. This may lead to suppressing the information of the infection spread creating further problems and jeopardising our fight against the pandemic,” learn a letter by chairperson Anurag Kundu.
In the meantime, The Indian Express has reported that the Education Ministry seems to be now open to reconsidering the dates for the exams, no modifications in schedule have been determined. Up until now, CBSE officers have held a agency stance that the examination would happen on the scheduled dates, and format, with an elevated variety of examination centres. They have said that the variety of examination centres have been elevated to round 7,500 from round 5,000 final 12 months.
In Delhi, with all colleges closed, the Board examination practicals being carried out within the metropolis’s colleges have additionally been suspended, with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia requested colleges to reschedule the pending exams to a later date.
A Delhi training division official additionally mentioned that within the present state of affairs, the exams being carried out doesn’t seem to be a practical chance. “It has been an extremely difficult for students and the entire teaching-learning has been conducted through new alternate means. In this case, the rigid insistence on conducting the exams in the old way, and that too in the midst of the steepest rise in cases is hard to understand,” the official mentioned.
Far earlier than the political strain to cancel or postpone the offline board examinations started, mother and father and college students have been trending the demand on social media and sending petitions on it.
“The situation in India is getting worse day by day. When there were only a few cases in the country they cancelled the remaining board exams And now when the situation [is] getting worse the government organized offline boards exam. What about student safety? What about the students who [might] test positive during the offline boards exam?” learn one such on-line on-line petition.