To Appear or Not to Appear: Remains the Question

Special Correspondent

Lucknow: Students have been running marathon campaigns online. They are running a hashtag campaign calling for the immediate cancellation of board exams during COVID – 19, however many celebrities have said if that were to happen, children should not lose a year. Amidst all this several state and Central Boards have now rethought their plan this year. Some Board exams stand cancelled, others postponed, while students are in two minds.

The Rallying Cry

Students of both the CBSE and CISCE have been rallying together for postponement of exams. Even disabled students have a similar thought in mind.

There were record 550 petitions on Change.org which garnered an estimated 1.5 lakh signatures. The hashtag “cancelboardexams2021” continues to trend on Twitter with nearly 7 lakh tweets.

What’s On

While the UP government decided to reschedule the class 10  and 12 board examination to May 20, the dates are to be announced on May 8. The U.P board exams will be held in two shifts. The morning shift will be conducted from 8 am to 11:15 pm and afternoon shift exams will be held from 2 pm to 5:15 pm.

Apart from Uttar Pradesh, several state boards like Odisha, Telangana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Delhi have postponed the board exams 2021.

Similarly the CBSE boards too have seen changes. After a meeting between Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank and Prime Minister Narendra Modi a decision has been taken to postpone the class 12 exams and cancel class 10 board exams. For CBSE class 12 boards, a review is expected again on June 1.

The results for the cancelled exams will be made based on objective criterion.

In news that came in on Friday evening, the  Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations,  and Indian Certificate for Secondary Education has postponed their exam. A decision on the future revised date will be taken on June 2021. Students had asked the board to reconsider CISCE Board Exam 2021.

In a notification, the board said that it’s been two days since CBSE announced the board exams 2021, so it is finally the date when ICSE, ISC 2021 has been postponed.

Hard Numbers

These changes have a deep impact on the student because each board has a steep number of students whose career banks on these exams. UP Board secretary Divya Kant Shukla has been quoted as saying, “For 2021 exams, a total of 56,03,813 students, including 29,94,312 of high school and 26,09,501 of intermediate have registered.  A steep 30 lakh students give their CBSE Class 10 and 12 board exams on average. Further last years numbers show a total of 88,409 students appeared for ISC  exams and over 2.7 lakh students appeared for the ICSE  exams.

Chorus louder, support aplenty

Celebrities have been very vocal for no wastage of a year and promotions based on assessments. No One Loses a Year said Raveena Tandon.  Sonu Sood congratulated students after announcements.  The chorus for cancellations have only grown louder with exponential rise in Coronavirus cases.

Viral Instinct

According to the data released by the government Wednesday, 1,15,736 people had tested positive for Covid-19 across the country in record 24 hours. This is the highest daily total India has recorded since the beginning of the pandemic. Last year when the Boards were on when the pandemic started getting fiercer. The exams were first delayed and then cancelled.

While COVID vaccinations are under way in the country, target beneficiaries currently only include health and frontline workers, and those aged 45 and above.

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