According to CBSE officials, the board exams in 2021 will be in written mode only and not online. The board dismissed the rumors said consultations on dates are still underway.
The officials of the board also said that if students were not able to sit for practicals in classes before the exams, alternatives would be explored.
“No final decision has been taken regarding the dates for conduct of board exams, and consultations with stakeholders are still in process. The exams, as and when they are conducted, will be in written mode and not in an online mode. The exams will be conducted following all COVID protocols,” a senior CBSE official said.
“In case students are not able to do practicals in classes before the exams, alternatives to practical exams will have to be explored,” the official added.
Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ”Nishank” is supposed to hold an interaction with students, teachers and parents on December 10 on the issue of conduct of board examinations and competitive examinations next year.
Schools across the country were closed in March to contain the spread of COVID-19 and partially reopened in some states from October 15. However, a few states decided to keep them closed in view of a spike in the infections.
The board exams that were being conducted in March had to be postponed mid-way. The exams were later cancelled, and the results were announced on the basis of an alternative assessment scheme. Competitive exams like JEE and NEET were also postponed twice this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.