The dangerous disease of the Covid 19 Pandemic enforced almost all sectors of the economy to shut down their work. For the last two years education sector has also been badly affected by the impact of this disease. As govt had decided to close the schools till the risk of illness didn’t disappear from the environment. As a result of this CBSE schools also functioning virtually from the academic session of 2020-21. During the second wave in April 2021, CBSE authorities decided to cancel the board exams of 10th and 12th, and results were declared based on past performances and other alternative assessment policies. This thing arises the need for some alternative ways to conduct the 2021-22 academic year’s Board Examinations if the situation continues to be untenable.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the Special Assessment Scheme for Class 10 and 12 board examinations in 2021-22 included holding two term-end tests and rationalizing the syllabus given the Covid 19 situation. Joseph Emmanuel, Director (Academic) of CBSE Board has decided that term one exams will be conducted in November-December month of 2021 and the second term exams will be conducted in March-April, 2022. The syllabus for the examinations will be the same as the last academic sessions and will update soon in July 2021. It also sets the different plans for internal assessment and projects which will be more valid.
As the first term ends up, Exams will be held on a flexible timetable between November and December 2021 throughout the country by CBSE Board.
The exam will be of the following type:
In the same way, after the end of the 2nd term, the board will conduct Term 2 or final year-end examinations on the rationalized syllabus. In March- April 2022 CBSE Board will be allotted the examination centers. Time duration of the exam will be 2 hours which covers different types of questions like situation base, long answer type, case-based, etc. If the situation will not improve then 90 minutes MCQ-based exam will be conducted by the Board.
The Board also added that if in case the Covid 19 Pandemic situation will get improve and students will able to attend school then term I and II exams will be held in the school premises. On the other hand, if the pandemic situation got worsens and forces to completely shut the schools then Term I and II exams will be held from home. The board will conduct the examination based on the bifurcated syllabus for each term.
Concerns about differential availability of electronic gadgets, connectivity and effectiveness of online teaching, and other socio-economic issues have also been considered by the board, particularly about students from economically weaker and those living in remote areas of the country.
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