In a major development, Delhi Government has written a letter to the Central Board of Secondary Education, (CBSE) urging it to postpone the March 2021 Board Examinations to May. The state government has also asked the board to consider reducing the CBSE 10th 12th Board Exam 2021 syllabus further.
Schools in India have remained closed for nearly 7 months in this academic year. While the Central Government has now permitted the reopening of schools, states have decided to defer it. Many states, including Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Odisha, etc. have decided to keep the schools closed, even for students of classes 9 to 12 till at least October 31.
With the schools closed, the Delhi Governments (where most schools are affiliated to CBSE) has written a letter, asking for more time before the Board Examinations are conducted. Delhi, too, has decided to keep the schools closed till October 31.
“Though online, semi-online teaching learning activities are being conducted through live classes as well as worksheets or activity sheets but it cannot replace the physical classroom teaching learning process,” the DoE said in the letter.
CBSE Board Exams for classes 10 and 12 are conducted in the month of February to April. The board had revised the dates from 2019, to begin the Board Exams from February 15 instead of its customary March 1 dates. This year, however, there are wide speculations that the Board Exams may be pushed to May, to compensate for the closure of schools in the country since March 2020.