A poll conducted by Advocate Mamta Sharma has revealed important statistics of what the students think about the Class 12 board exams in 2021. 94.3% of students registered to appear in the Class 12 board examination this year voted for the exam to be cancelled. Whereas 50.5% of students have chosen the fear of Coronavirus infection if the Class 12 board exams are conducted offline.
Advocate Mamta Sharma, who is representing the students in a petition heard by the Supreme Court was advised earlier by a bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari to be optimistic. Justifying the petition, Advocate Sharma has let the student’s voice be heard by the mass.
Graphical representation of the results of the poll has been shared by Advocate Mamta Sharma on her official Twitter account. A pie chart representing students demanding the cancellation of Class 12 board exams indicates that 94.3% want the cancellation of the Class 12 board exams 2021.
Furthermore, students have voted fear of getting corona positive if exam is conducted offline. 22.6% students have voted that they are unable to concentrate on studies due to stress & anxiety. 14.3% students have said that their family/self recently got affected by COVID-19.
10.6% of students have said that courses are not fully covered due to online classes. In both survey questions, 63857 responses were collected by the advocate.
Earlier in a meeting of ministers and educational board representatives, CBSE proposed the option to conduct the Class 12 board exams in home centres for a shorter duration. A final decision regarding the fate of Class 12 board exams in 2021 is to be taken by June 01, 2021, assured the Union Education Ministry following the meeting.
As per reports, Advocate Mamta Sharma has spoken to India.com regarding the petition. It is not possible to conduct the Class 12 board examination online or offline, said Sharma. She has demanded that CBSE and CISCE have to devise an objective methodology to evaluate Class 12 candidates. This must be done before it is too late for around 12 lakh Class 12 candidates set to appear this year.
In favour of the feasibility of adopting an alternative to conduct offline exams, Sharma has said that even the Supreme Court is hearing cases virtually therefore, there is no reason why offline exams cannot be ditched by education boards.
It may be noted that the Class 10 board exams have already been cancelled by CBSE and objective criteria will be used to determine the result of the students. On the other hand, last year during the pandemic, the Supreme Court ruled that the board exams are cancelled and the results determined on the basis of previously done assessments.