The Directorate of Education (DoE) recently write a letter to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) requesting a review of the existing schedule for announcing the Class 10 results. This request was made in view of the teachers and other non-teaching staff in Delhi government schools already being preoccupied in COVID-related duties. A similar request was made by the Delhi government to provide more time to compile the Class 10 results. According to the government, various schools in Delhi are also being used as vaccination centres, further hindering the task of compiling the results.
According to the DoE, Delhi schools may require more time for evaluation under the present circumstances. The national capital is already facing the daunting task of curbing the virus’s spread and had a high positivity rate for COVID-19. The Delhi government has already imposed a lockdown in the city till May 10 owing to increasing number of cases.
Previously, the central education board had cancelled the Class 10 board exams. It further instructed schools to conduct the evaluation process based on exams conducted during the academic year and internal assessments. Following this, schools were to form a working committee on or before May 11, 2021 and finish the assessment process by May 15, 2021. Subsequently, the final results were to be curated by May 25, 2021. CBSE had also decided to announce the Class 10 results on June 20, 2021.
According to the DoE’s letter, the second wave of coronavirus has proved to be detrimental for the national capital. To support the district administration, teachers and other non-teaching staff are working at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. The non-teaching staff includes data entry operators and IT assistants, etc. These staff members are currently conducting door-to-door survey at coronavirus hotspots and vulnerable locations. They are also overlooking the movement of bodies and efficiency of hearse vehicles whenever they are required. This is being done to assist the testing, contact-tracing processes.
Staff members are also involved in ensuring that COVID-19 norms are being always followed. Moreover, 76 schools in Delhi are currently functioning as vaccination centres. Staff members are also invariably involved in the vaccination process. Taking all these factors into consideration along with the emotional impact, the central board is requested to review the schedule for Class 10 results.
Requesting a similar review by the CBSE, the Delhi government stated in a letter that the marks for Class 10 students must be submitted by June 11, 2021 rather than May 15, 2021. Subsequently, results can be declared as decided i.e., on June 20, 2021.