The Delhi government has given permission to reopen schools for students of 10th and 12th grades from 18 January. However, the government has directed that students are not obliged to come and attendance is completely optional.
Those who welcomed the verdict said that this would give the students an opportunity to clarify their doubts and enter the exam mode before the board exams start in May.
“The student stays out of the house for more than 10 months. It is time to take proper precautions and get into the mode of preparation,” said architect Samvat Jha, a Class-12 student’s parent and by profession.
According to Nimit Sharma, the Delhi government should have stuck to its earlier plan to reopen schools till the vaccine was not available.
“At first they said that schools would not reopen until the vaccine was available and now that we are close to having one, they are calling the students. Exams are five months away,” he said.
Preeti Dhul, acknowledging her concerns, said, “Although it is optional for students to leave, they will feel compelled due to peer pressure. This will create unnecessary fear of missing out among students and they are of less need. Would like to go though. ”
Chartered accountant Saloni Yadav welcomed the government’s decision. “It was very important at this stage because the students would not be convinced before the exam otherwise they have not been to class even once in the academic session. They have to write the examinations there, it will prepare them not only academically but also mentally . ” Emotionally, ”she said.
While her son is appearing for class 10 exams this year, her daughter is in class 12th.
“In addition, parents who are not comfortable cannot send their children. It’s optional,” she said.
Schools have been closed in Delhi since March last year, when the nationwide lockout was announced to stop the spread of COVID-19. While many states have partially reopened schools after October last year, the Delhi government was firm on not reopening before the vaccine became available.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct board exams for classes 10 and 12 from 4 May to 10 June. However, the date sheet for the exam has not been announced yet.
More than 3 lakh students from Delhi area have registered for class 10 CBSE board examination, while more than 2.5 lakh candidates have registered for class 12 examination.
The Delhi government had suggested that schools conduct pre-board examinations for class 12 from March 20 to April 15 and class 10 pre-board examinations from April 1 to April 15.
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