He said that the delayed examination schedule would not only affect the students seeking admission in Indian higher educational institutions, but would also jeopardize the dreams especially of those aiming to pursue higher education abroad.
“The cases of COVID in the country are still very high… As such, the present situation is not conducive to conduct individual examinations and it is impractical to conduct online examinations considering the lack of infrastructure among students. Against this background FICCI strongly recommends that class XII board examinations should be scrapped,” he said.
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More than 5 lakh Indian students go abroad every year and over 2 lakh have confirmed offers for admission this year.
The FICCI president said that foreign universities are unlikely to relax their deadlines to accommodate the delayed examination schedule and due to this the students who have secured admission in those universities will be left in limbo when the process is over.
“Therefore, it is imperative that the evaluation process of Class XII is completed by mid-July so that there is a smooth transition to higher education for all students,” he said.
Shankar suggested that CBSE should allow schools to take into account the marks obtained in multiple examinations/examinations conducted during the academic year 2020-21 and give due weightage to the marks obtained for each student.
At the school level, a review committee should be constituted under the chairmanship of the Principal consisting of two external education experts in addition to the selected teaching staff to prepare fair and unbiased results of the students, which should be in sync with the historical performance of the school.
He suggested that if a large number of students are not satisfied with the internal grades, the government may consider giving them an opportunity to appear in the examination to be held at a later date, when the situation is more favourable.
“In this way, once in a century the epidemic calls for an out-of-the-box solution that is in the best interests of students who are already subject to a lot of stress and uncertainty,” he said.
CBSE has already canceled the class 10 board exam and announced alternate marking policy.
The minister recently said that there is a broad consensus among states about conducting Class 12 board exams and a “informed, collaborative” decision will be taken by June 1.
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