CBSE is facing severe backlash from the students who are against the latest decision of the board to conduct CBSE board exams in offline mode. After the concerned board released the date sheet for the Term 1 exam on October 18 several students started a Twitter trend asking to roll back the same. And now after the sudden decision of CISCE to postpone its ICSE and ISC exams, citing “reasons beyond its control”, all eyes are on CBSE to see whether they too will follow suite.
As per students, conducting exams in the offline mode can pose severe threats to their health. They supported their claim with the fact that mass gathering of students for appearing in the examination can be fatal as covid is not yet over. The students further said that a proper vaccine programme is still under process, and in the midst of a pandemic, how can the board be negligent towards their health?
CBSE has released the datasheet for the Term 1 board exams for class 10th that is going to commence in November. CBSE class 10th Term 1 exam is going to be held from November 30 to December 11, 2021, whereas class 12th term exams are scheduled from December 01 to 22, 2021. Although the board has also provided proper guidelines shall be followed in the school premises to avoid any health risk. However, the students are unhappy with this decision and they are demanding that the board rolls back its decision and provide the option of an online exam.
Along with the datesheet, the board has also provided the students with an option of choosing the city and centre for taking up the terminal exam. This option was given as a lot of students who study in CBSE schools are not residing at the same place where they have their schools.
Although, the students have conducted several Twitter trends with hashtags, #cbse, #cbseindia 29 till now. Nevertheless, there is no official word from the board, HRD Ministry or any concerned person in its response.
CISCE’s decision to postpone its exams has raised the hopes of all the 36 lakh CBSE students who are now continuously checking latest update on “CBSE Exam Postponed”. While CISCE board was compelled to roll back its decision for unknown reasons, students of the board were at least not that vehemently against the decision of holding exams, considering the board had come up with an online exam option in which students were provided with two options viz. appear in the online exam from the school or participate in the exam via remote proctored mode. Whereas CBSE has decided to hold the exam offline only.
The students studying in the CBSE board are now expecting a similar decision by the board i.e. to postpone the board exams, although no official announcement has been made till now. The board has earlier issued a notice that they are going to reduce the syllabus for classes 10th and 12th to eliminate the burden on the students. The CBSE Term I Board exam is going to have questions based on the MCQ pattern and the candidates will get 90 minutes to complete the test.