The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted another academic year. After a high level meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, the government notified that CBSE board exams for Class 10th that were due to begin from May 4th, 2021 have been cancelled.
The results for the academic session will be formulated based on an objective criterion prepared by the Central Board of Secondary Education. Any student not satisfied with the assessment will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold exams.
The last academic year had a similar fate. CBSE had cancelled some exams for the 2019-2020 session for the Class 10th batch. Students who appeared for 3 or more papers were marked for the remaining exams based on the average of the marks obtained in the best performing subjects. Those who appeared for only two or less were assessed on the average of the two highest-scoring exams along with performance in internals or practicals.
Schools have been shut in 11 states due to the resurgence of the pandemic. State governments and opposition parties had been requesting the centre to reschedule the exam dates.
The Ministry of Education has emphasised that the CBSE boards have an all-India character and therefore it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country.
While the Centre has postponed Board exams for Class 12th and cancelled exams for Class 10th, no guidelines have been issued for the state boards yet.