On Wednesday, the Education Minister made the big announcement of canceling the CBSE Board Exams of Class 10 and that the students will be promoted based on their internal assessment. The Government has also postponed Class 12th examinations till May 30.
Wide Impact of The Cancellation on Students and Parents
“Don’t know if this is good news or bad news!” This sentiment echoed across the nation among the parents and students due to the big decision of the government. Many students are worried about the impact of delayed Class 12 exams on the admission process. A class 10 student was much disheartened to know about the cancellation of exams. He said, “The exam must have happened. It creates healthy competition among students and inspires us to do better than our peers. A formal exam offers a fairly accurate assessment of our learning abilities”. Pankaj Gupta, a businessman is unhappy with the cancellation news. His daughter was to sit for the Class 10 exams. He said, “Class 10 is the base of any student. I am of the opinion that the government is running away from responsibility to hold these exams efficiently. If other things are not stopping, then why exams?”
Government’s Nod Towards Election Rallies, Kumbh Mela But Not Board Exams
Amid the massive surge of Covid-19, the Government had permitted organizing the Kumbh Mela. In 48 hours, over 1000 has tested positive for Covid-19 at Kumbh Mela. The political parties are not mindful of social distancing or masking rules and they are organizing mega rallies in several parts of the country. But the Government has refused in conducting the Board exams as it may increase the rates of infection.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The students have worked hard in preparing for their exams. The Government must have thought for the students who worked hard throughout the year before canceling the exams. They must be given a fair chance. If the students can visit malls and family gatherings then they would be able to give examinations as well. The Government needs to bring in proper ways to conduct the Board exams as it will be an injustice to those students who had worked hard the whole year.
- Strict restrictions must be imposed by the Government at all places. Not only it will be valid while conducting the exams but also in the election rallies and social gatherings.