Many speculations started to stream out when various new reports quoted a CBSE official who stated that if the class 12 boards cannot be conducted by July, then the further delay in conducting the exam is not possible. However, the CBSE source has been also reported saying that if the situation worsens, the CBSE may follow the assessment plan like that of class 10 boards, ‘but it’s too early to say’.
As per the reports, the CBSE official has stated that since the full exam process takes more than a month including evaluation of copies and result declaration, then it will be very last if the exam is postponed further after July. Suppose the result be declared by the end of August, how will the students take admission in varsities, higher education institutions.
After this news was reported by various reputed media, various discussions surged out among the student community. Already students have been demanding the cancellation of CBSE class 12 boards amidst the second wave of COVID-19.
The actual update in regards to this is that, CBSE class 12 boards have yet not been cancelled. CBSE has stated that they will review the COVID-19 situation in the nation on June 01, 2021. The decision on exams will be taken based on the situation then.
Therefore, the student community must not assume and conclude anything regarding the class 12 boards yet. The Central Board of Secondary Education will officially notify any details in this regard only after June 01, 2021. Any state made otherwise is yet not an actual / official update.
Many principals of schools and other experts believe that given the state of the pandemic, it is unlikely that CBSE will be able to hold the exams in June – July. The experts have suggested that other alternatives can be used to take the exam like evaluating the students based on internal assessments, projects, etc. There can be As the entire exam process takes more than a month including evaluation of copies and result declaration. There can be open-book online examinations or any fair marking scheme that is uniform for all students.
However, many experts are of contradicting views. They believe that the boards should happen as it is the touchstone of academic assessment in higher education, They suggested the boards can be completed by first week of August. Students should be prepared for online mode of exams.
Apart from CBSE class 12 boards, the remaining 2 attempts of national level engineering entrance exam JEE Main 2021 have been postponed until further notice. NEET 2021, the only UG medical entrance exam of the nation is on the verge of postponement too, however, no official statement has been made yet. The exam is scheduled for August 01, 2021.