As reported by TOI in October 2020, the board exams have been delayed by about 80 days this year, given the state of the epidemic. The exam is usually held in January (Practical) and the theory exam starts every year in February (Professional subjects) and ends in March.
In view of the status of COVID-19 and the disruption of regular classes, after several consultations with stakeholders, CBSE decided to reduce the syllabus by 30% and also postponed the exam till May to reduce educational losses. .
The board is also working on a solution to conduct examinations in more than 25 countries where CBSE has a presence.
“This is a prudent decision given by the government as the students are under considerable pressure due to disruption in educational activities. Postponed examination and rationalization of syllabus will help the students, ”said Swati Jain, Editor, Oswal Books.
With no clarity on board exam dates so far, many schools have already conducted pre-board examinations to keep students ready.
CBSE announced earlier this month that in 2021 the board exam would be conducted in written mode and not online.
Schools across the country were closed in March to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. They were partially reopened in some states from 15 October.
However, some states have decided to keep them closed in view of increasing number of infections.
In March, the board examination had to be postponed midway. They were later canceled and the results were announced based on an alternative evaluation plan.
The Ministry of Education had also announced that the JEE-Mains for admission to engineering colleges would be held four times a year which would start from 2021 to provide flexibility to students and an opportunity to improve their scores.
The first edition of the Joint Entrance Examination-Mains (JEE-Mains) will be held from 23 to 26 February, followed by rounds in March, April and May.
However, the delay in board exams may affect the conduct of the Medical Entrance Examination NEET-UG, which is usually held in May. There is no official communication on this yet.
“We appreciate the strategic plan of CBSE regarding the conduct of CBSE Board Exam 2021. Starting in the first week of May will give students and teachers enough time for better preparation. Our heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Pokhriyalji for making such a balanced decision, ”Bharat Arora, General Secretary of the Action Committee of Unaided Private School.
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