On Tuesday, June 16, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) held a review meeting with the Secretary of School Education and Literacy Department, chairman of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and director general of National Testing Agency (NTA), to discuss the present education scenario induced by the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the review meeting, the MHRD is said to have planned to reopen education institutions after August 15. The HRD minister said that they would try to declare results for all exams by August 15 so that the new academic session can begin smoothly thereafter. The Ministry has begun consulting states and other stakeholders, earlier this month, regarding reopening of schools.
On Monday, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) announced two options for students – they can either decide not to write rescheduled pending final exams or procure final marks evaluated on the basis of internal and pre-board exams. Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary, CISCE, said, “The options will be available only for the pending exams. The result of the exams that have already been conducted will be calculated as per the performance of the students in the exams only.”
The HRD Ministry had earlier declared that candidates who have moved to a different location due to the lockdown can opt to take their board exams at a centre near to them. The decision was taken considering the long-distance journey for students and the quarantine measures that school authorities would have had to undertake.
The ICSE class X exams will be held between July 2 and July 12 and the ICE exams for class XII between July 1 and July 14. CISCE has also issued guidelines for students to follow while attending their respective examinations. The eight papers for ISC (class 12) students and six papers for ICSE (class 10) students had to be postponed due to the lockdown owing to the coronavirus pandemic. After the remaining exams are conducted, the results will be declared within 6-8 weeks.
Source: RepublicWorldNational, News