UP Board Exam 2021: UP Board Class 10 exam canceled, Class 12 proposed in July

UP Board Exam 2021: UP Board Class 10 exam canceled, Class 12 proposed in July

LUCKNOW: Taking cues from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the UP government on Saturday decided to cancel the UP Board Class 10 exams amid rising COVID-19 cases. The government has also proposed to conduct the UP Board Class 12 exams in the second week of July, provided the situation is under control. In the interest of the students, the government also decided to promote all the students of classes 6 to 8, 9 and 11 irrespective of any board.

Announcing the announcement, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said, “The cancellation of Class 10 exams has affected more than 29.9 lakh students who had registered this year. The UP Board of Secondary Education (UPSEB) has been asked to prepare a framework to promote class 10 students to the next class. UPSEB has recently asked for the marks of half-yearly and pre-board examinations of class 10 students.

Considering the importance of class 12 examinations for the future of the students, Sharma said, the examination will be conducted in the second week of July keeping in mind the safety, security and convenience of the students while maintaining the COVID protocol. This year over 26.1 lakh candidates had registered for the class 12 exam.

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In a statement, Sharma said, the time duration of class 12 examination has been reduced in half, from 3 hours earlier to 1.5 hours this time. Also, unlike previous years when students answered any five out of 10 questions, this year, there is a relaxation to answer any three questions out of 10 of their choice.

The government will increase the number of examination centers to ensure social distancing among students. He said that like the previous years, the examinations would be conducted over a period of 15 days. Time-table for the proposed exam will be released soon by UPSEB. Earlier the UP Board Class 10 and 12 exams were supposed to start from April 24 but were rescheduled from May 8 due to Panchayat elections.

In the larger interest of the students, the government has decided to promote all the students of classes 6 to 8, 9 and 11, irrespective of the board, to the next class. Sharma said, the students of class 9 or 11 who took the annual examination would be promoted on the basis of the annual examination. In schools where annual examinations are yet to be held, students will be promoted on the basis of internal assessment. In the absence of any evaluation criteria, all students should be promoted equally, Sharma said.

The government has fixed the responsibility of the Inspector of District Schools (DIOS) to ensure compliance. In case of flouting of rules, parents can file a complaint before the regulatory committee constituted in each district.

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